Why The Fact That iPhones Categorize Bikini, Bra Selfies, & Nude Pix Under The Tag “Brassiere” Is A Non Issue

If you’re a woman with an iPhone and you have a habit of taking selfies in your bikini, bra, or outright nude, you might be creeped out by the fact that your iPhone is categorizing them under the tag “brassiere”.

Don’t believe me Here are two examples from Twitter which went viral and sparked this whole discussion. They’re totally NSFW, so click them at your own risk.

Now this seems to be a side effect of Apple Photo’s feature that categorizes photos using image-recognition. Though I should note that image detection is done locally on the device as this document points out:

One of the best things about Photos is how it protects your privacy. iOS is designed to take advantage of the powerful processor built into every iPhone and iPad. So when you search your photos, for instance, all the face recognition and scene and object detection are done completely on your device. Which means your photos are yours and yours alone.

Now if you actually want to be freaked out by something, Google Photos does the exact same thing when you search “brassiere” for example, except your photos are stored on the cloud, in Google’s servers. That to me is a bigger problem than what I am reporting in this story. Which by the way I’m reporting on because it’s a talking point today. But as far as I am concerned it’s been overblown.


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