Apple’s privacy promises do not extend to the thousands of app developers who will gain access to facial data in order to build entertainment features for iPhone X customers, such as pinning a three-dimensional mask to their face for a selfie or letting a video game character mirror the player’s real-world facial expressions.
An Apple report should quell most privacy concerns about the iPhone X’s facial recognition tech. But the company leaves a few questions unanswered.
Apple’s heavily-marketed but proprietary implementation of differential privacy is no longer secret. Researchers at the University of Southern California, Indiana University, and Tsinghua University have reverse engineered Apple’s MacOS and iOS implementations of differential privacy.
Turning off Bluetooth and Wi-Fi when you’re not using them on your smartphone has long been standard, common sense, advice. Unfortunately, with the iPhone’s new operating system iOS 11, turning them off is not as easy as it used to be.
Facial recognition is often discussed as a method law enforcement or private companies could use for identifying anyone from criminal suspects to loyal customers, but it can also be a powerful tool for consumers.
Apple’s soon-to-be released iOS 11 is generating some fairly significant anxiety in ad tech circles due to how Apple’s Safari browser will treat cookies.
The feature, called intelligent tracking prevention (ITP), will bolster Apple’s efforts to block tech companies from capturing browsing data across sites for ad targeting. The feature ensures that cookies are generally only available for a 24-hour window after the user has visited a site.
One of the European Union’s leading regulators is making a house call to Silicon Valley this week. Her agenda: A series of meetings with the likes of Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg to press the tech industry on privacy, hate speech and consumer protection.
Wired reported that, last Tuesday, Apple unveiled a new line of phones with one feature immediately falling under scrutiny: FaceID, a tool that would use facial recognition to identify individuals and unlock their phones. So why all the anxiety?
Apple has boasted of its use of a cutting-edge data science known as “differential privacy.” Researchers say they’re doing it wrong.
A feature in Apple’s upcoming browser makes it harder for advertisers to track us online. That will “sabotage” the internet, advertisers say.