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Feds Force Suspect To Unlock An Apple iPhone X With Their Face

It’s the first time since the iPhone X launched that any cop has used Face ID to force an iOS device open. With a search warrant in hand, a federal investigator told suspect to put his face in front of the phone, which he duly did. That allowed the agent to pick through the suspect’s online chats, photos and whatever else he deemed worthy of investigation. Whilst the feds obtained a warrant, and appeared to have done everything within the bounds of the law, concerns remain about the use of such tactics.

Source: Feds Force Suspect To Unlock An Apple iPhone X With Their Face

Digital IDs Are More Dangerous Than You Think

Governments seek to digitize their citizens in an effort to universalize government services, while the banking, travel, and insurance industries aim to create more seamless processes for their products and services. However, digital ID poses one of the gravest risks to human rights when combined with facial recognition technology, geo-location and other identifiers.

Source: Digital IDs Are More Dangerous Than You Think | WIRED

Facial Recognition Tech Is Ready for Its Post-Phone Future

Apple’s Face ID turned facial recognition into the iPhone’s hottest feature. It isn’t just cool; it is convenient.  A year later, the technology is ready to break through to new applications. Companies are pitching facial recognition software as the future of everything from retail to policing. This technology can catalog your photos, help reunite families or potentially be misused and abused by private companies and public authorities alike.

Full article: Facial Recognition Tech Is Ready for Its Post-Phone Future | WIRED

Facial recognition tech could shorten airport security lines, but is it accurate?

There is growing concern over new technology that could be the future of airport security. The TSA has a new pilot program that uses facial recognition technology, instead of boarding passes and driver’s licenses, at Los Angeles International Airport. The system compares your face to the picture on your passport stored in a secure government database. It has the potential to speed up the line, as flyers won’t need a boarding pass or ID check to go through security, but critics say facial recognition doesn’t work the same for everyone.

Source: Facial recognition tech could shorten airport security lines, but is it accurate? – CBS News

FPF Releases Understanding Facial Detection, Characterization, and Recognition Technologies and Privacy Principles for Facial Recognition Technology in Commercial Applications

FPF has published the infographic Understanding Facial Detection, Characterization, and Recognition Technologies along with Privacy Principles for Facial Recognition Technology in Consumer Applications. These resources will help businesses and policymakers better understand and evaluate the growing use of face-based biometric technology systems when used for consumer applications.

Source: FPF Releases Understanding Facial Detection, Characterization, and Recognition Technologies and Privacy Principles for Facial Recognition Technology in Commercial Applications

Apple will replace TouchID with FaceID

The new iPhones announced on Wednesday, the iPhone XS, the XS Max, and the XR, only use FaceID, TouchID’s heir apparent. FaceID was introduced in 2017 in a perhaps less flawless fashion.

“Unlocking it is as easy as looking at it and swiping up,” Apple’s senior vice president of software engineering Craig Federighi said as the then-brand-new $999 iPhone X failed to unlock. “And you know—let’s try that again.”

Source: Apple Killed TouchID Live In Front of Thousands of Eyewitnesses – Motherboard

We underestimate the threat of facial recognition technology at our peril

Data could be used to draw conclusions about who you are, what you believe, what you have done – and what you might do in the future. The lack of safeguards combined with the centralisation of a massive amount of information raises the potential for abuse and ever-expanding mission creep.

Read article: We underestimate the threat of facial recognition technology at our peril | Cynthia Wong | Opinion | The Guardian

This powerful new “face search” engine could be a privacy nightmare

Cybersecurity firm Trustwave has released an open source tool to find accounts of large volumes of people across social media platforms by automatically matching names and profile pictures. The company says the tool, called Social Mapper, is designed for penetration testers who often phish employees at client companies to test security measures and gain access to computers. However, this tool might lead to privacy violations.

Source: This powerful new “face search” engine could be a privacy nightmare

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