Ap­ple’s Face ID gets folks ner­vous

Our smart­phones know more about us than you think

The Times (South Africa) - - The Things You Need To Know Today News - By MIKE WRIGHT

● Ap­ple’s new Face ID fea­ture, which will let peo­ple un­lock the forth­com­ing iPhone X by sim­ply look­ing at it, has left some feel­ing deeply un­set­tled.

The new tech­nol­ogy uses sen­sors and cam­eras on the front of the phone to map and learn its owner’s face over time. Ap­ple has lauded the new tech­nol­ogy as the “fu­ture of how we un­lock iPhones and pro­tect sen­si­tive in­for­ma­tion”.

Dur­ing Ap­ple’s keynote event in Cu­per­tino, Cal­i­for­nia, Phil Schiller, a mar­ket­ing big­wig, tried to pre-empt fears about Face ID by say­ing it only works when a user’s eyes are open.

He said fa­cial data iPhone X col­lects is only stored on the de­vice, not a server.

Yet peo­ple were quick to ex­press dis­com­fort about the idea of giv­ing Ap­ple

“Fa­cial data iPhone X col­lects is stored on de­vice, not a server”

PHIL SCHILLER Ap­ple mar­ket­ing big­wig

the dig­i­tal blue­print of their face.

Fa­cial recog­ni­tion is too much for some, yet they may not know what our phones al­ready record about us.

❍ Ev­ery­where you go: Lo­ca­tion track­ing on smart­phones is not new. But iPhones au­to­mat­i­cally col­lect data on where its users go and how long they spend there.

Ap­ple’s Fre­quent Lo­ca­tions func­tion is an au­to­matic fea­ture the com­pany says helps iPhones learn which places are sig­nif­i­cant to its users.

❍ Ev­ery photo you’ve ever taken — or deleted: Delet­ing a photo from your phone doesn’t mean it’s gone. This in­cludes im­ages sent to your phone, even if you haven’t opened them.

❍ Your voice: Voice as­sis­tants such as the iPhone’s Siri and Google As­sis­tant are now ubiq­ui­tous on smart­phones.

❍ Your fin­ger­print: Fin­ger­print read­ing is in­te­gral to smart­phones. Con­sumers hand over this sen­si­tive piece of bio­met­ric data as a trade-off for en­hanced se­cu­rity on their de­vices.

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