Facial recognition technology has slowly crept into everyday life, most notably with personal photos. Upload a picture to Facebook, and the social media giant will suggest friends to tag. Not forgetting Google and Apple can automatically identify faces in photos, making it easier for users to search their photos for a specific friend or relative.
We have been locked up by technology that we haven’t realized how the devices we are using are having more power and control in our lives, especially Apple devices. Have you thought on how Apple is invading your body? That Apple device you’re probably using to read this item is controlling every move in your life. We are trapped and there is no way to escape.
Your password can be decrypted, but your face is yours alone. That’s the thinking behind Apple’s new feature for users to unlock its recently launched IPhone X, face ID. The feature uses facial biometrics to determine if you’re the authorized owner of the phone and is set to replace the touch ID fingerprint sensor on the phone.
It requires you to scan your face with an advanced “True Depth Camera System” to access the phone’s services. We shouldn’t be surprised however since Apple is always innovating with its products. According to Apple, face ID is more secure than touch ID since once you’ve scanned your face, your face data remains in the IPhone, not in their server. Since your phone is encrypted, Apple won’t be able to access it. In addition, face ID is capable of capturing more data points compared to touch ID. However, the big question is, Is it really secure? Or there is something we are not being told?
Many people are already suspicious about the new feature adding to the fact that it failed on stage during the Apple Event. But later, Apple clarified that it was a staff problem rather than a technological failing. Sounds funny! “Nothing has ever been simpler, more natural and effortless,” Phil Schiller, senior vice president of worldwide marketing, said during Apple’s first product launch at its new headquarters in Cupertino, Calif.
“Face ID is the future of how we unlock our smartphones and protect our sensitive information” Here is the interesting part. Apple claims that our face print will stay safe in a chip in our phone. What if that policy changes later on? We never know, it could change anytime. Don’t forget when WhatsApp says, they won’t share our data with Facebook. Next thing we know is that our data is being shared with Facebook. Wow seriously? Believe it or not, WhatsApp share some of your data with Facebook. Similarly, Apple could create a massive database of faces that can be used for advertisement purpose.
We don’t really know what this is all about. Nonetheless, technologists flaunt it as a futuristic experience that is more secure than entering a password. They claim the technology could one day be used to unlock cars, withdraw money from the ATM’s or enter connected homes. Surprisingly, just as users were quick to come around on touch ID, the same is likely to happen with face ID. Time and again, Apple has pushed through innovations and made them widespread while turning others obsolete.
Think about what IPods did to compact discs, and what IPhone did to blackberry. Don’t forget that selecting the best method to unlock your phone is not as simple as just wanting to keep intruders out of your device. There are privacy and security concerns that you shouldn’t overlook. Most of us are ignorant of the fact that one day we could be in a situation where our phones will need to be accessed. With touch ID, you can unlock your phone while it’s in your pocket.
While face ID will force you to hold your phone within certain angle in order to work. What about if some criminals detain and force you to unlock your phone? They can’t guess your password, but they can unlock it by your face scan. So, in conclusion before you dig into your pocket to purchase IPhone X, consider whether the feature works best for you.
Privacy and security is paramount especially in this digital error. Technology “giants” are capable of doing anything at the expense of our ignorance. Are we safe by trusting Apple at the expense of our private information? Is it really worth the investment? Are we going to gain or lose anything after all? Should you secure iPhone X with what you are, or what you know?