BEACON TRANSCRIPT – There are plenty of heated debates around iPhone X’s new security feature, Face ID. Many security researchers are trying to find out if this technique is reliable or not to keep your phone secure. However, it turns out this is not the only concern, as some apps might get access to the data collected by the feature.
Face ID poses more privacy issue than you thought
Many people fear that iPhone X’s Face ID might not keep their phone completely secure. In some cases, a person with the same facial features might be able to unlock their phone by using this face scan technique. However, what they are not aware of is the fact that this is not the only security concern related to the security feature.
Face ID is devised so that no one should get access to your phone files. Everything gets encrypted and can be unlocked only after the face scan, and no one else should view the phone content without the permission of the user. This sounds great, but it’s not so easy to enforce.
Third-party apps can access your Face ID data
Apple couldn’t make some apps work on these phones without giving them access to a series of data collected by the Face ID. This already sounds quite worrying, and some security experts fear the company might have shared too much of your private information with the third-party apps.
These apps receive an image of your face, together with data regarding the movement of your eyes or mouth. This is enough for them to tell how you look like, your gender and race, or your facial expressions. Apple doesn’t limit their access enough, so they might store this information and use it for research purposes.
Therefore, security experts are urging Apple to be more careful with the apps it allows on its App Store. Although it always assesses them carefully, it might still overlook some vulnerabilities of Face ID.
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