What do media writers do on a slow news day? Make stuff up. The latest comes with Erin Barry who was taught well by her editors to stretch the fabric of truth and fact, slather it in Apple and iPhone, posit a security risk and privacy concerns, and call it a day.
There may be a privacy risk lurking beneath that shiny new iPhone, and it’s written all over your face
Uh oh. What is it? Apple’s new iPhone X facial recognition system? Nope. It’s Facebook. You will need to dig into the article to realize Apple is off the hook when it comes to security and privacy and the new Face ID facial recognition system, but that’s what headlines do. Grab, pull, and in this case, suck.
The new iPhone X will use a face imprint to open the phone, but that is raising some privacy concerns.
No it’s not. Anyone who knows about the technology at all knows there is no privacy concern here. Face ID works like Touch ID and hundreds of millions of iPhone customers use it, love it, and privacy and security issues are non-existent except among those who would exploit such fears in headlines.
What’s the problem with that expensive iPhone X everyone talks about?
Along with that hefty price tag, customers will face a new unlocking technology that’s raising concerns over security and privacy: Instead of a thumbprint, the iPhone X will take a 3D scan of your face.
Oh no! That means Apple is compiling a database of faces that can be hacked into by the government so they will know what we look like, and then attach that data to cameras in stores so someone will know where we are because they know what we look like, right? Uh, no.
Apple claims the facial data will only be stored locally on the phone, and not compiled on company servers. However, that’s not the case with other companies that use similar technology.
See? It’s not about iPhone at all. Mostly. Headline screams iPhone, and headline screams privacy concerns, but the real problem is… insert drum roll here… Facebook.
One of the largest facial databases in the world is owned by social network giant Facebook. Some 350 million photos are uploaded to its servers every day. And as of June 2017, the social media giant reported it had 2 billion monthly active users. Right now Facebook is using the technology to detect who’s in your photos.
How did Apple get involved in all these privacy and security problems? ‘The Facebook app runs on iPhone‘ is the only connection I can make.
Slate tech writer April Glaser:
Certainly in a few years, we could imagine a scenario where there’s a camera that knows you walked into a store and somehow that’s married to your Facebook activity
Oh, so it’s not really a problem with the iPhone at all? Or, Apple? But Facebook? Who knew?
They know your emotion or what you just posted. They know you’re having a good day because you shared something happy about your family, and then they’ll be able to market to you perhaps based on that emotion
Maybe, just maybe, it’s that kind of scurrilous activity among social networks that drives Apple to keep such private information away from the likes of Facebook and Google– unless you’re OK with that– and keeps the iPhone maker from handing over your fingerprint or face scan to authorities because such information does not exist in an exploitable form.
Whether or not those suspected of engaging in criminal activity can be forced by the government to turn over an iPhone’s password or open the device with a fingerprint or face scan is an entirely different issue.
People who are more prone to police searches will need to be careful, and perhaps shouldn’t use this feature.
Duh. But that sage advice was at the bottom of an article that seemed to be about iPhone that wasn’t really about iPhone at all.