Should Parents Be Concerned Over Apple's New 'NameDrop' Feature?

Concerns are mounting over a feature on Apple's new iOS 17 update, but tech experts and some law enforcement officials say NameDrop is safe.

Apple iPhones.

Apple iPhones.

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NameDrop allows contact information to be shared with other Apple users.

But not without both devices having iOS 17 installed. And not without being extremely close, or touching. And not without consent.

To initiate the transfer of contact information, both devices must have the new update, be unlocked, and be very close or touching for several seconds. 

Then, a screen will appear at the top of the device with prompts to "receive only" or "share."

To cancel, simply separate the devices or lock your phone before the transfer completes.

NameDrop's debut has prompted police departments across the U.S. to issue warnings to parents to manually turn the feature off on their children's devices. 

Better to have it off? Probably. Necessary to hit the panic button? Not necessarily, experts say.

The Washington Post cited Sophos digital security expert Chester Wisniewski calling the warnings about NameDrop “hysteria” and “nonsense," as Apple seems to have safeguards in place to deter unintentional information sharing.

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