Ap­ple to share fa­cial data

The Week (US) - - 18 News -

Ap­ple is un­der fire from pri­vacy ex­perts for agree­ing to share iPhone X users’ fa­cial data with app de­vel­op­ers, said Stephen Nel­lis in Reuters.com. The new iPhone X’s Face ID fea­ture al­lows the de­vice to be un­locked through fa­cial recog­ni­tion, and a hand­ful of new apps—such as An­i­moji, which lets users an­i­mate emoji char­ac­ters with their own fa­cial ex­pres­sions—also rely on the fea­ture. Ap­ple has told app de­vel­op­ers that they can take cer­tain fa­cial data off the phone to build new apps “as long as they agree to seek cus­tomer per­mis­sion and not sell the data to third par­ties.” But pri­vacy ex­perts say it is alarm­ing that de­vel­op­ers can store the data—in­clud­ing in­for­ma­tion on “how of­ten users blink, smile, or even raise an eye­brow”—on their own servers, where it could be hacked or mis­used. power their own sites’ in­for­ma­tion on flight avail­abil­ity. They must now move to al­ter­nate ser­vices like Fare­por­tal or Skyscan­ner. Google is cur­rently work­ing on “its own con­sumer­fac­ing Flights ser­vice” and has been in­te­grat­ing con­sumer-friendly, “cost-sav­ing” fea­tures into Google Flights. It ac­quired QPX Ex­press in 2010, and after much scru­tiny the De­part­ment of Jus­tice al­lowed the trans­ac­tion as long as Google sup­ported a “pub­lic-fac­ing” ser­vice for five years. “That five years is now up.”

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