iPhone X Apple used a completely new biometric security system, adding a TrueDepth camera and Face ID facial recognition technology to the device.
This system is so important to the company that it even completely replaced Touch ID – the previous biometric authentication system in iPhone and iPad, as well as in MacBook Pro. The TrueDepth camera and Face ID are likely to appear on other devices of the company in the near future.
Apple has full confidence in the reliability and safety of the TrueDepth camera and Face ID system. The company has detailed the safety of the new measures in a separate document, but many still have some doubts.
Some people don't like the fact that third-party app developers can access the TrueDepth camera. The idea is that developers can scan a user's face and then create an augmented reality model based on it.
People care about how accurate and detailed images they get. The example is a specific MeasureKit application that can show all the information about your face received by the application through the TrueDepth camera. The camera can create a 3D model of the face and read 52 micro-movements, including blinking, squinting, gaze, mouth movements, etc.
Apple has a privacy agreement that existed even before iPhone X was released. It says that any application that wants to access the TrueDepth camera must have its own privacy measures with a detailed description of why the parts are being assembled and what they can be used for.
Although Apple is concerned about user safety, it cannot control all applications. This would have worked with Facebook and other major applications, but the same cannot be said for the sheer number of less popular ones. People worry that Apple won't be able to keep track of everyone, and that the facial data of users could be used for negative purposes.
'Facial recognition can be used for both good and bad purposes. Warby Parker, the owner of an online eyewear store, uses it to customize glasses to fit customers' faces. And the Snapchat demo can use it to paint on your face. Companies use facial recognition to monitor the driver's attention while driving, or to recognize facial pain in children who are unable to express their feelings.
It is unknown how the TrueDepth camera will change the amount of information the system receives about users. But one thing we know for sure: if you give people the opportunity to harm, someone will definitely use it. '
This is not the first time people have such doubts. This topic will be understood for a long time, especially when competing Apple companies present their similar face recognition systems. It is not yet clear whether Apple will strengthen its restrictions and security measures.