Apple Face ID – Security or Liability?

Apple recently announced that they will be releasing a brand new smartphone called iPhone X. The price of this new phone will be around $1000 depending on the country they are sold in and many people are wondering whether this new device is really worth that much money.

One of the new features it will have is “Face ID” which is a new authentication system that recognizes the user’s face and unlocks the device or allows the user to authorize payments. The new iPhone X doesn’t have Touch ID, a fingerprint authentication system that previous devices had.

This has brought many questions, whether or not Face ID is better than touch ID and if this was a good move. Many people are questioning the level of security this new feature will be able to provide, while Apple claims that Face ID is multiple times safer than Touch ID.

The legal use of Face ID is still unclear

One of the most interesting topics about this new feature Apple is preparing for us is how it will interact with the law. For example, if the law enforcement needs to get into someone’s phone, it remains unclear how they will open it.

The question here is whether or not law enforcement will need a warrant to “use” someone’s face to get into their phone and, even then, will that be completely legal? This is a possible problem that might cause a lot of lawsuits on both sides, both citizens and law enforcement.

Does face ID make sense in real situations?

Let’s imagine that an iPhone X user gets robbed and the thief points the phone to the person’s face and unlocks it. Wouldn’t this mean that this will make it easier for thieves to gain access to their victim’s device?

On the other hand, what if a user was in an accident and he or she isn’t able to move their head to unlock the device and they are in need of help? What if the weather and lighting conditions are so inadequate that the system simply cannot work?

Another situation that pops into mind is when the user changes his/her facial description with makeup, masks, or something else, will the system be able to recognize the owner and unlock it? These are all troubling questions that are making iPhone users feel uneasy.

Can face ID be spoofed with a picture?

A lot of people bought the nex Galaxy S8 because of its facial recognition, but it quickly turned out that it can be spoofed with a picture of the owner’s face. The people at Apple say that their facial recognition system is more complex and more sophisticated as it uses dual cameras accompanied with projected infrared dots that are used to detect depth.

Apple released videos where they demonstrated how face ID recognized fake 3D masks that were used to spoof the system. Their motion capable cameras can surely easily detect a real face that moves but photo tests have not yet been done. On top of that, nobody knows what hackers can try and test and maybe they can find ways to trick this system as well, we simply don’t know.

How will Apple use their face ID in the future?

One of the most interesting questions, and probably the hardest to answer is how will Apple use all of the power that it will get by millions of users using Face ID. At the moment, all of the data is meant to stay in the phones, however this could change at any time. Only Apple will be able to use this data and nobody knows in which way.

Privacy advocates are worried weather Face ID data will be used for ad attention tracking or retail surveillance. On top of that, it’s expected that all of Apple’s new products and devices in the future will also be using Face ID, meaning that the power they will be holding will be even greater.

Face ID – security or liability? Tells us what your opinion is on this subject and will this new feature be more helpful or abused when new smartphone comes out? We can only wait and see to know for sure what will happen.