Will The iPhone X Face ID Be Used for Mass Tracking?
Are There Risks To The New Face ID?
Apple has just announced the brand new iPhone X – it’s a new high end smartphone with a large edge-to-edge display. Apple has removed the fingerprint sensor in favor of more display size, and in its place they’ve added a brand new Face ID feature.
With Face ID, iPhone X owners can unlock their smartphone by simply showing their face to the front facing camera. The Face ID software will use different facial recognition techniques to check that the person is actually the owner. It’s even able to differentiate between a picture of a face and a real face.
As expected, this kind of new facial recognition technology has concerned a lot of smartphone owners. Many people are concerned that the new iPhone X Face ID feature could be used to gather facial details from the masses.
There are also concerns about how another person may be able to force somebody against their will to unlock their smartphone simply by holding it up to the owner’s face.
The biggest concerns are definitely surrounding the type of power that this facial recognition tool could give governments.
Facial recognition is already being used as a tool by law enforcement, and if they had more tools to more accurately determine who’s face is who’s, it’s not far fetched to believe that law enforcement or other government backed organizations could run a scan of your face to find out a plethora of personal information.
Apple does care about its users privacy and as a result, they’ll often fight against unlawful request from law enforcement or the government. Apple often try to put systems in place that’ll work to prevent Apple from having the ability to hand out personal data even if they wanted to.
With security measures in place, law enforcement currently have little flexibility when it comes to seizing personal data such as Face ID scans, fingerprint information, or even messages gathered through SMS tracking.
Unfortunately, this doesn’t put Apple and it’s users completely out of the clear. What’s to stop governments from pushing harsher laws that attack a smartphone owner’s privacy rights? Countries such as the USA are certainly working harder to get more powers over their citizens.
Governments could also work towards getting more powers over the technology companies that operate there. With the right power, a government could essentially force a company to hand over customer data, even if they tried to object against it.
Apple and other technology companies must work together to fight against this type of unlawful behavior. It’s Down to companies like Apple to make their operating systems as secure as possible. In the case of Face ID, the scans need to only be saved locally, and they must be contained in a way that would stop any entity, third party or otherwise, from grabbing Face ID data.
What are your thoughts on the new Face ID feature in the Apple iPhone X? It’s scary to think that we’re moving towards a world where privacy and personal security online is almost extinct, so using a feature like Apple’s iPhone ID is understandably concerning.