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USPTO Approves Apple’s Patent for Cell Phone Parental Controls

The United States Patent and Trademark Office has approved a patent application from Apple that would “prevent users from sending or receiving ‘objectionable’ content,” reports the New York Daily News.

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The United States Patent and Trademark Office has approved a patent application from Apple that would “prevent users from sending or receiving ‘objectionable’ content,” reports the New York Daily News.

The patent is entitled “Text-based communication control for personal communication device.”

Though the Daily News characterizes the patent as an “anti-sexting” patent, the application makes it clear that the controls will block or erase only “forbidden” text, rather than images.

The term “sexting” also refers to the phenomenon of people, usually teens, sending nude pictures of themselves to each other. Various phone companies already offer parental controls.

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Public Knowledge Celebrates 20 Years of Helping Congress Get a Clue on Digital Rights

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The United States Patent and Trademark Office has approved a patent application from Apple that would “prevent users from sending or receiving ‘objectionable’ content,” reports the New York Daily News.

The patent is entitled “Text-based communication control for personal communication device.”

Though the Daily News characterizes the patent as an “anti-sexting” patent, the application makes it clear that the controls will block or erase only “forbidden” text, rather than images.

The term “sexting” also refers to the phenomenon of people, usually teens, sending nude pictures of themselves to each other. Various phone companies already offer parental controls.

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U.S. and EU Privacy and Intellectual Property Landscape Complicate Data Use Requirements

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The United States Patent and Trademark Office has approved a patent application from Apple that would “prevent users from sending or receiving ‘objectionable’ content,” reports the New York Daily News.

The patent is entitled “Text-based communication control for personal communication device.”

Though the Daily News characterizes the patent as an “anti-sexting” patent, the application makes it clear that the controls will block or erase only “forbidden” text, rather than images.

The term “sexting” also refers to the phenomenon of people, usually teens, sending nude pictures of themselves to each other. Various phone companies already offer parental controls.

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In Google v. Oracle, Supreme Court Hears Landmark Fair Use Case on Software Copyright

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The United States Patent and Trademark Office has approved a patent application from Apple that would “prevent users from sending or receiving ‘objectionable’ content,” reports the New York Daily News.

The patent is entitled “Text-based communication control for personal communication device.”

Though the Daily News characterizes the patent as an “anti-sexting” patent, the application makes it clear that the controls will block or erase only “forbidden” text, rather than images.

The term “sexting” also refers to the phenomenon of people, usually teens, sending nude pictures of themselves to each other. Various phone companies already offer parental controls.

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