Potential universal coverage on all Apple products? I was perusing the IOS9 API extensions and this looked interesting...

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IOS9 API Extensions now include access to on device content filter with special permission from Apple. https://developer.apple.com/library/prerelease/ios/releasenotes/General/WhatsNewIniOS/Articles/iOS9....
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Mike

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Mike

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On a side note if this is something that has potential and you are looking for beta testers who are apple developers let me know!  I would love to help the Covenant Eyes cause!  
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We are pretty excited about the possibilities with this too. And most definitely, if this becomes a viable way to provide accountability and filtering, we would love to have you as a beta tester.
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HJ

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Very excited. Following this thread for updates.
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John Calvin

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Saw this in the WWDC coverage and immediately thought of CE. Can't wait to see what you guys can do with it--would dearly love to have CE working correctly AND have Siri/Safari functional, if that's possible. 
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I traversed the Internet a bit tonight to see if anyone has been playing with this. I found a few who are already working on add/tracking blockers. I really do hope something can come of this.
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@mike that's cool, can you share any links, I am curious for CE but also in general.
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Mike

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Here is an interesting article.  I haven't taken the time to try to write any test code, but it looks like anyone with Xcode and the beta could test it.  @Alan if you are a developer I say try it out!  See if the content blocker is system wide or just in Safari.  Either way it could be a step forward for Covenant Eyes.  https://www.hackingwithswift.com/safari-content-blocking-ios9
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Found this a few weeks ago, regarding device profiling, as some app I downloaded years ago had data usage tracking down to a per-website level, it added a profile to my device so that website usage could be tracked. Have a look at the Web Content Filter section at https://developer.apple.com/library/ios/featuredarticles/iPhoneConfigurationProfileRef/Introduction/...
It speaks about the regular built-in filter (accessed via restrictions > websites) and the option of a plugin option which looks to be remotely configured and controlled.
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Over the years I have tried a few device profiles on iOS.  Though it is possible to password lock the profile it's really easy to switch off the VPN. The problem is every parental option we (a few parents in our church) have stumbled across that uses true system wide filtering uses a virtual private network.  If you know of another option let us all know!  In our church us parents have looked high and low and we haven't found anything.  In other words I can profile lock him down with something like netsanity.net and all he has to do is flip off the VPN and I get no reports.  To date the best option we have found is a safe browser like Covenant Eyes, delete any app that has a browser built in, and turn off the app store.  It looks like IOS9 will offer better options and it sounds like Covenant Eyes is already checking them out.  
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Mike

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Any new news on the iOS front? My son's teacher just informed us the covenant eyes browser won't work for the class room. He (his teacher) is asking us to remove covenant eyes and use safari. We tried everything. We even called into your help desk. Come to find out the test website requires pop ups. I feel like I'm truly unable to keep my son safe online. Our plan now is allow safari for the day and lock it again after school.
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Hi Mike, John mentioned the iOS controls, and I would rely on those.  You can change the websites to "Limit Adult Content" or something like "Specific Websites Only".  When you restrict Web to one of these, it also does something else:  it prevents the user from clearing out their history.  So, you can look through the safari history and see where they've been.  Also, if you have another iOS device on the same iCloud account (if both running iOS 8, or Yosemite+ in case of Macbook), you can actually view the history from their, as it syncs it.  
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Thanks Chance!  That's good.  I will work on it tonight.
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Hey Mike,

There is news, yes.

 It looks like iOS9 will allow Covenant Eyes to get monitoring information beyond just our browser. The exact shape of that is still undetermined (we have our dev team working on building that new functionality as we speak) but it should be a pretty huge step forward. This is all brand new tech though, so it may take a little bit to get everything working properly.

In the meantime, iOS does come with some basic web filtering, (in settings) and generally it works better than nothing at all.

Sorry I don't have better news for right now, but hang tight, we are working on it. 
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Thanks John!  I look forward to what you all develop.  I will also put Chance's idea to work.  Lastly know if you need some beta testers for the iOS 9 platform I'm in.  Anything I can do to help the cause would be an honor. As an apple dev I could even do this prerelease.  
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John, is there any update on this?  Now that iOS9 is out, I'm anxious for an improvement in CEs coverage on my phone.
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aggieben

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How about now?  Is there a beta?  Can you at least share concrete plans and/or planned functionality?
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aggieben

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Still radio silence?  Can you share where the team is on this?
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I'd love to see Content Blocking with Safari be used in lieu of a dedicated CE app, too! Haven't looked carefully at the API to see if this would work, but is it possible to use the Content Blocking API to track what sites are visited?
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A potentially cool option! I received an email from netsainity and they are about to release a locked on vpn option for parents along with a slew of other options for parental controls with their ios9 upgrade. That would be a great option for accountability too! Locked on system wide coverage. They will even be able to "release" the filters by geo location for kids when they go to schools. Their product really is for parental control, but the tech sounds promising! Covenant Eyes could maybe make it functional for adult accountability. Might be something to look into?