42

The 'Nude' app uses AI to detect and hide NSFW images on your iOS device

If you've got NSFW (read: nude) pictures of any kind on your smartphone storage, chances are you don't want them to be seen by just anyone. And while there are apps that allow you to move private images into protected locations, this tends to be a largely manual process... well not anymore.

The so-called 'Nude' app automates the process of finding and hiding your most ... sensitive images.

The app scans your device for nude images using artificial intelligence. If any files are detected, they are immediately moved into the app's protected vault and deleted from the camera roll and iCloud. Under iOS 11, image recognition is undertaken on-device but under iOS 10 and older operating systems data has to be transferred to cloud servers.

The makers of the app say Nude is also useful for keeping images of ID cards, credit cards and other important documents in a safe place, but there is no mention of an automatic detection function. The app is protected via PIN or Touch ID, and records any attempts to access your photos. There is also an integrated camera, so images can be recorded directly in the app.

The app is free to download on the Apple App Store, but requires a $1 monthly or $10 annual subscription to use. For now, Nude is only available for iOS devices, but an Android version is under development.

View Comments (42)

Comments

All (42)
Most popular (11)
Editors' picks (0)
DPR staff (1)
Oldest first
camerosity

and the app vendor handily collects all the nudies from each app users phone. cool!!!

Nov 22, 2017
trungtran

This app be awesome on my work phone. Can it fool airwatch?

Nov 9, 2017
LucaPCP

And if you stop paying, all the nude images magically reappear as wallpaper?
Sounds like a business plan!

Nov 1, 2017
FLruckas
FLruckas

AI?
Are you sure this isn't the same technology Walmart used a long time ago to bust and dismiss some of their vendors for certain body parts showing up in emails?
Some "special" body parts have specific skin tones, colors, or something...
I know some people that tested a commercial version of I believe the same software.
Maybe not so new...
Or not so AI...
Hmm.....

Nov 1, 2017*
M Chambers

I hides nude images you don't want anyone else to see? It's the very definition of a smart phone a device for making, distributing, downloading, and saving obscene material?

Oct 31, 2017
KodaChrome25
KodaChrome25

From iTunes:

"The Nude App magically scans your camera roll..." and "Once our proprietary technology analyzed your camera roll..."

See? No AI mentioned. At all. None.

Oct 22, 2017
ChatBot

If there were nude photos of me on my phone, I would want them hidden so that I MYSELF couldn't see them.

Oct 21, 2017
cosinaphile

oh this sounds fool proof ............not

Oct 21, 2017
MaxiMax

Whatever you have to hide, never let others to do it.

Oct 20, 2017
james s. kennedy

There already are totally free apps for iPhones that hide photos, but you have to pick which photos you want to hide.

Oct 20, 2017
james s. kennedy

The app is called photo vault.

Oct 20, 2017
TORN

Funny under IOS 10 you are supposed to send your most sensible images to the cloud to be checked? I know, I know. The cloud is only for the greater good but did someone actually think about that?

Oh well, software by subscription service again.

Oct 20, 2017*
mostlylost

Do they have a version that deletes everything EXCEPT NSFW images 😳

Oct 19, 2017
cdembrey

What if you are an exhibitionist, is there an app that will anonymously "leak" you photos to web sites for you?

Oct 19, 2017
Bali_Mirage

KimKam? :)

Oct 21, 2017
brycesteiner
brycesteiner

wife asks: "Hey honey, what's this on the credit card bill called, "itunes app store - Nude"?
"Uh, it must be some mistake. I don't have any nudity on my phone, just look!"

Oct 19, 2017
GodSpeaks
GodSpeaks

If this concerns you so much, then use ENCRYPTION. On my android, I use an OTFE (on the fly encryption) app. It uses containers that can also be opened on your PC for easy setup and maintenance.

Oct 19, 2017*
fmaxwell

Or don't keep nude photos on your phone. If you don't want someone to see you masturbating in a grocery store, don't masturbate in grocery stores. Same idea.

Oct 19, 2017*
cdembrey

Masturbating in a grocery store? I'll have to give it a try ;-D

Oct 19, 2017
GodSpeaks
GodSpeaks

@fmaxwell, if you are so busy taking care of business in a grocery store (really??), who took the photos? Oh right, that security camera.

PS: You also seem to have MISSED my point.

Oct 19, 2017*
fmaxwell

@GodsSpeaks, No, I didn't miss your point at all. You're proposing alternative ways to hide nude photos. And I'm saying that another option is not keep nude photos on your phone if the idea of someone else seeing you bothers you.

You clearly missed my point since you're talking about photos of someone masturbating in a grocery store. The analogy had nothing to do with photos, phones, etc.

Oct 19, 2017
SandySandy

This is will be another iCloud Disaster, where everyone's nude photos will be in Public Domain.
Btw Jennifer Lawrence's nude photos were for Harvey Weinstein.
Now she is pretending to be a victim, but only a few days ago she was mocking the actual victims.

Avoid all shady apps.

Oct 19, 2017
D200_4me
D200_4me

And it makes a secret copy for itself (and the app's staff). ;-)

Oct 18, 2017
tangbunna

and sell to porn websites

Oct 18, 2017
CaPi

Funding models of 2$ a month to keep them hidden? ;)

Oct 19, 2017
TORN

Damn you, that was MY business concept. ;-)

Oct 20, 2017
joe6pack

I bet hackers will be exploding it to speed up finding nude photos once they compromised a phone or computer.

Oct 18, 2017
KelvinHammond

It probably forwards all your nudes to Russia just in case you run for office later.

Oct 18, 2017
tangbunna

and cc to Trumps, he likes it a lot. :D

Oct 18, 2017
Steve in GA

Over-sexed teens around the world are busily downloading this app as we speak. But unfortunately, so are the Anthony Weiners and Harvey Weinsteins.

Oct 18, 2017
sapple
sapple

Finally!!! Face recognition software for genitalia!

Oct 18, 2017
fmaxwell

My phone still thinks it's a picture of an elepant's face.

Oct 19, 2017
chaos215bar2

"The app is free to download on the Apple App Store, but requires a $1 monthly or $10 annual subscription to use."

This, actually, seems to be the most interesting bit. Not that the photography world is new to subscription software, but what precisely is one supposed to be subscribing to? It sounds like all the functionality is local, as it should be, and also pretty much set. (Except on iOS 10, apparently, which seems like another odd move given the security and privacy implications.)

Oct 18, 2017
Lars Rehm
Lars Rehm

You subscribe to the service. Just because an app is running locally on the device should not mean it has to be free, right?

Oct 18, 2017
CaPi

„I’ll look into your pics in my cloud for free. I will hide em if you subscribe“?

Oct 19, 2017
MediaArchivist
MediaArchivist

"...under iOS 10 and older operating systems data has to be transferred to cloud servers."

Sounds good to me, what could go wrong?

Oct 18, 2017
CaPi

Beware of Irony

Oct 19, 2017
fmaxwell

What if I've put nude photos on my phone just to offend people working for the TSA? Can I exclude them from being hidden?

Oct 18, 2017
fmaxwell

Who is this for? Adults with normal sexual interests aren't going to need to hide the kind of nude photos they would have.

Oct 18, 2017
piratejabez

I think that the idea is that you may have "personal" photos of yourself or your partner that you wouldn't necessarily want seen by a coworker, friend, parent, child, or stranger who picks up your phone and for whatever reason starts browsing your photos.

Oct 18, 2017
fmaxwell

Seeing photos of me nude might traumatize them enough that they'd never snoop around on anyone's phone again.

Oct 19, 2017
makofoto

?! Can it be set so that "your" nudes get sent to me? Geeeez ... amazing what type of markets there are out there ... :-(

Oct 18, 2017