Thursday, 14 December, 2017

IPhone X Face ID RISK: Is Apple's new facial recognition feature safe?

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Thanks to new cameras and sensors, the deluxe iPhone X allows users to unlock the phone by pointing it at their face. (Though Touch ID remains alive and well on the iPhone 8.) But there is also now more evidence that the company was indeed trying to go with a rear-sensor approach.

"If you grip the buttons on both sides of the phone when you hand it over, it will temporarily disable Face ID", Federighi wrote.

Still, the iPhone X's facial recognition system raises a number of interesting questions about the evolution and design of the iPhone X. First and foremost, is Face ID on the iPhone X an inferior solution in light of reports that Apple initially wanted to embed Touch ID into the display itself? The first, which seems a little obvious, is to not stare at the phone.

During the Keynote when Craig Federighi, Apple's senior vice president of Software Engineering, took the stage to give a demo of the Face ID, the demo backfired. Apple is yet to confirm whether it will allow more users to add their FaceID on a single device in the future.

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Federighi says the "bio-lockout" he experienced on stage hasn't been a real problem in the months that he's used the iPhone X. It would, he noted, require several interactions by other people where they woke up the phone. FaceID is said to run on "neural engine" powered by the company's A11 Bionic processor. I heard this yesterday from multiple people at Apple, including engineers who've been working on the iPhone X project for a very long time.

The letter includes ten detailed questions on how and where Apple will store the user data it gathers from Face ID, implications of data gathered from it, how the feature was developed, where Apple got the data of 1 billion images to train the image, and how Apple would respond if law enforcement agencies request access to Face ID data.

Ms Danino warned potential adoptees to "read cautiously" with Face ID and other forms of facial recognition. The facial scan data is stored in the Secure Enclave on the user's iPhone, according to Apple, and is never transmitted to the cloud - the same system that has protected users' fingerprint data since 2013.

"If you are not willing to share certain data on social media, then don't trust Face ID to keep it secure either". Thanks to the "true depth camera system", Face ID learns users' face every time they glance at the iPhone - even in dark.

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