analysis iPhone: are we sleep-walking into a world face recognition?

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    I just finished my first session with the new iPhone. They look and feel great.

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I just finished my first session with the new iPhone. They look and feel great.

But there is one feature that I’m surprised more people haven’t focused on. This is something that Apple has been and that can lead to major changes in society.

Is facial recognition.

“Your face is your new passport,” Apple CEO Tim cook told us in the theatre of Steve jobs today.

With Apple face ID on the new iPhones, he may be right.

Face ID is fast becoming the main feature of personality. Almost without comment, millions of people now accept the scan of the face as the main security and proof of identity.

He quickly grew from a way to open your phone to the way to pay for things in stores, or download applications.

Apple was the first fingerprint as a widely accepted form of security and identity. He now seems to be doing the same with facial recognition.

Wider implications it should be obvious.

If the face ID scan is now customary, the main method of payment in the store (using Apple pay on your iPhone) or on the website, why not be as acceptable in other scenarios?

Suppose a supermarket chain offered a permanent discount 10pcs for those who have registered their fingerprints facial recognition, connected to a credit card or Bank account, to save time and costs? So you’d walk to the supermarket, to visit one of the self-service payment terminals, scan the items and just pay with a face scan?

For 10pcs, I would probably do it. And so would most others.

Assuming that this kind of commercial and trading activity takes off, it may not be long before the state comes knocking. Although many of us do not trust the government in proportion (not to mention safe), Internet citizen with sensitive biometric data such as face scanning, as the underlying technology becomes widespread and proven resistance may melt away.

Perhaps a quick scan of the faces on the bus will be faster and easier for me than for card-reading buggy machines that they use? Possible.

I was asking this question aloud on Twitter during the launch of the iPhone on Wednesday and some serious tech heads weighed in on this topic.

“Good question,” said Alex Stamos, one of the most respected security leaders in Silicon valley, formerly at Yahoo and Facebook.

“Is there a danger in teaching people that the technology is safe and private, if a subsequent realizations can be harmful? [There are] Parallels with engineers that offer a “safe” slow and soften the ground for unsafe implementations of real life.”

Obviously, there is apprehension. Many of us do not like open face scanning. There’s something a little narrowed about standing on your face to be inspected and cleaned. Mistake or not, somehow seems worse than a faulty card. It may feel a higher level of rejection.

And then clear concerns about how state agencies would ‘connect the dots’ to save a job, simply co-opt other agencies have already formed a huge base for the face.

Is there any doubt that government departments, from justice to social security, work and health, start trying to do a scan of the front starting point to interact with them?

Hospital can ask for a scan of the face before treatment. Police road checks will tend to do a quick scan of the faces as a matter of course’. Interaction with benefits or social institutions would have done the same.

It won’t take much more progress in the technology for security cameras to have a good chance of identifying most of the people walking on the street. Who could imagine the Commissioner of the Garda, who would not want that additional level of monitoring, hypocritically called the potential for the prevention of crime’?

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