Tech & Science Apple's facial-recognition tech spurs privacy concerns

19:06  13 september  2017
19:06  13 september  2017 Source:   CBS News

How to make biometric technology more secure

  How to make biometric technology more secure Fingerprint scanners now come standard on most new smartphones, and some devices even feature iris scanners and 2-D facial recognition technology. First, there’s a lot going on in biometrics: Apple is reportedly testing 3-D facial recognition in its upcoming iPhone, and Slate technology staff writer April Glaser says other companies are experimenting with everything from monitoring your unique heartbeat to implanting chips under your skin to scanning your eye veins or the shape of your earlobes. “So, it goes well beyond the finger,” she says.

Tech . LONDON — A new immersive experience for moviegoers is highlighting privacy concerns surrounding facial recognition technology that' s being deployed by governments and the private sector.

8 to address facial recognition technology concerns and privacy implications. The workshop will feature guests from consumer protection organizations, academics and business as well as industry representatives and privacy professionals.

The new iPhone X was unveiled at the Steve Jobs Theater on the new Apple campus on Sept. 12, 2017, in Cupertino, Calif.© Marcio Jose Sanchez / AP The new iPhone X was unveiled at the Steve Jobs Theater on the new Apple campus on Sept. 12, 2017, in Cupertino, Calif. In the 10 years since Apple's first iPhone upended the world of cell phones (as well as retail, computers, the internet and pretty much everything else), the tech giant has been lambasted for being "evolutionary, not revolutionary." Critics say the company has satisfied itself with incremental improvements rather than creating entirely new product categories, as it did in decades past.

But its Tuesday product launch saw the world's most valuable company by market capitalization make another futuristic leap when it unveiled a new category of smartphone. The iPhone X (pronounced "ten"), which CNET called "Apple's largest, priciest, most ambitious iPhone," has features that put it on the level of a personal computer: sharper screens, higher resolution, better cameras, an all-glass front and back and -- most significant -- facial recognition technology that does away with the Home button. But that last feature could also prove to be a stumbling block.

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  iPhone X's Face ID challenge: Getting you to trust it Apple has a mountain to climb to get people to use Face ID. Here’s how the company will do it.That may take some convincing. Most people probably haven't been exposed to facial recognition technology in their daily lives. To the degree they're aware of it, they may well be suspicious after years of easily tricked facial recognition software and uncertainty about biometrics in general.

"We’re applying advanced deep learning techniques to bring facial recognition to the iPhone." So far, the tech approach has been to make the process as seamless — and invisible — as possible. This is what Apple ’ s differential privacy means for iOS 10. Apple ' s new facial recognition feature

Apple is expected to unveil its latest iteration of the tech giant’ s popular mobile device, the iPhone 8, next month. But before it does, reports about features contained on the new phone are raising concerns among privacy experts. The iPhone 8 is rumored to have a facial - recognition feature that

At $999 for the base model, with 64 GB of storage, it's the priciest iPhone yet. That puts it in the ballpark with its competitor, the Samsung Galaxy Note and falls in line with the company's historic strategy of incremental price hikes (along with incremental improvements).

Here are the X's technical specs:

- 5.8-inch OLED display with 458 pixels per inch

- 2,436 x 1,135-pixel resolution (Apple calls this a Super Retina display)

- Dual 12-megapixel rear cameras

Apple introduces ‘Face ID’ for iPhone X

  Apple introduces ‘Face ID’ for iPhone X Apple today confirmed the iPhone X will feature facial recognition technology dependent upon a new “true depth camera system” including an infrared camera, flood illuminator, dot projector, and proximity sensor. The Face ID feature will work in low light situations and, according to Apple, there’s only a one in a million chance another face (unless you have an evil twin) can unlock your device.Every time you look at your iPhone X it detects your face. The feature will allow users to unlock devices simply by looking at them, essentially letting iPhone owners to use their face as a password.

While other photo software and online services such as Google Inc' s Picasa and Apple Inc' s iPhoto use facial recognition technology , the The lack of notifications about the wider roll-out of the feature had spurred concerns among privacy advocates, who argue it should be up to users to allow it.

“FBI should better ensure privacy and accuracy” of its facial recognition technology and the databases that photographs are stored in, urged the GAO. According to the report, the FBI has never reviewed its facial recognition searches for misuse

- Portrait mode with portrait lighting feature

- Front-facing camera has portrait mode now, too

- No home button -- swipe up to go home

- Face ID to unlock the phone -- just hold your phone up to your face

- A11 Bionic processor

- Glass back and front

- Wireless charging support

- 64GB and 256GB options

- Water- and dust-resistant

- Animojis make emojis out of you

- Available in black and space gray (no gold)

"This is about as good as innovation gets on a mature device," said Jefferson Wang, senior partner at IBB Consulting, in a research brief.

What does this mean for consumers?

Aside from the impressive camera improvements, the biggest difference from previous models is that the iPhone X doesn't have a home button. Facial-recognition technology called FaceID unlocks the phone, and swiping up takes the user to the home screen.

The FaceID technology recognizes a user's face by mapping 30,000 invisible points, Phil Schiller, Apple's head of marketing, explained Tuesday.

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  Tech experts give verdict on ‘sensational’ new iPhone Two veteran tech experts have offered their learned opinion on the newly-unveiled iPhone models. Apple CEO Tim Cook took to the state at the company's new Apple Park campus in the US to reveal the new iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X.Tech Guide editor and radio host Stephen Fenech and tech podcast and radio host Trevor Long were both in the audience."There's no doubt the screen is amazing - top to bottom, the whole front of the phone is a screen, it looks sensational," Mr Long said of the iPhone X.The phone offers a 5.8-inch edge-to-edge display, and no Home button.

Minnesota Senator Al Franken is concerned about the growing use of facial recognition technology spurred by companies like Facebook, Apple , and And he seems to be pointing to tech companies as sharing the culpability in any forthcoming privacy infringement. In March, he gave a speech to the

TECH . While other photo software and online services such as Google Inc' s Picasa and Apple Inc' s iPhoto use facial recognition technology , the use of the The lack of notifications about the wider roll-out of the feature had spurred concerns among privacy advocates, who argue it should be up to

"FaceID learns your face, even if you change your hairstyle, if you put on glasses, you're wearing a hat. FaceID learns who you are," he said. The company painted it as an improvement over existing TouchID technology, which unlocks an iPhone with the touch of a finger by identifying your fingerprint. For TouchID, Schiller said, the chance of two unrelated people sharing the same biomarkers is one in 50,000. For FaceID, it's one in a million.

FaceID will be operational on third-party apps that currently accept TouchID, making it easier than ever for consumers to make purchases or other transactions. For some analysts, it's only a matter of time until the same software makes its way into other consumer-facing industries, from retail to banking.

"The consumer is driving more and more convenience, and these companies know it," said Michael Levine, head of marketing at Photon, a digital agency. "They're trying to make it easier and easier to achieve less friction in the marketplace. ... I can see this in retail very easily."

But privacy activists noted the potential for abuse of facial-recognition software. Garry Kasparov called it a "real threat in authoritarian states." Other governments have used it to identify and shame jaywalkers, or to keep track of protesters.

I Refuse To Believe This Rumour About The iPhone With No Fingerprint Reader

  I Refuse To Believe This Rumour About The iPhone With No Fingerprint Reader The Wall Street Journal has the latest rumour on the iPhone 8 -- likely the last big rumour floated before the phone is announced on September 12. When images of the upcoming iPhone first began leaking, it became clear that the home button most users are familiar with had likely been axed. Instead, according the WSJ, Apple was focused on embedding a touch sensor in the glass using ultrasonic technology. This tech, which is so new it's infantile compared to the capacitive touch sensor technology currently in iPhones, is notoriously difficult to implement consistently on a mass-produced device such as the iPhone.

Following Facebook' s recent acquisition of facial - recognition software company for an undisclosed amount of money last week, some users have expressed concern that the expansion of this type of technology on the social network could encroach on their privacy rights.

Blippar is developing facial recognition technology to match people' s faces with publicly available Facebook is an example of a company that heeded people' s privacy concerns early on, and has Big tech companies like Apple , Alphabet and Facebook — with their vast troves of data and scores of

It's unclear if the FaceID technology will be optional, or if -- like Siri, the voice assistant -- it will be baked into the phone, impossible to turn off or remove.

With the iPhone responsible for two-thirds of Apple's revenue, the fortunes of the $835 billion company depend on pleasing consumers who have surplus income to spend.

That remains true with this latest product release, even though Apple also unveiled new versions of the Apple TV ($179) and the Apple Watch ($329 or $399), the latter of which will still require the owner to have an iPhone for its full functionality.

"The  blessing and the curse of the iPhone is it's a really high price point," said Jeff Reeves, executive editor of InvestorPlace. Making up the same amount of profit elsewhere requires "a heck of a lot more Apple Watches or Apple TVs," he said.

Moreover, the premium-priced product does little to distinguish Apple in China, the company's next big market, where it has less than 10 percent of the smartphone ecosystem. To succeed there, Reeves said, Apple needs to think different -- really different.

"What they do in America is rely heavily on their brand and being premium," he said. "It's not necessarily a path to growth in China. There better be some other trick up their sleeve."

Why Face ID won’t give you the legal protection of a passcode .
In the short time since Apple announced its Face ID feature for the iPhone X, we’ve seen a lot of questions about its security compared to a fingerprint or passcode. For example, if you’re arrested, can a police officer just point your phone at your face and unlock it?Apple has some technical features that might make this harder. The iPhone X isn’t supposed to unlock if your eyes are closed, for example, and since iOS 11 reportedly lets you disable Touch ID on the fly, you might be able to do the same for Face ID.

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