You’ll recall that we talked about the safety of the iPhone X’s Face ID. We concluded that it was safe. Well about that, we’re going to have to take it back. Apple’s website states that ‘Your face is your secure password’. That statement is misleading, however.
Hackers previously broke into phones secured via the older technology Touch ID quite quickly in the past, which led to major concerns and doubts of Apple’s claims. The same can be anticipated about Face ID. Hackers are going to view the claims that Face ID is secure as a challenge and expose the flaws of the system.
“None of these systems are flawless. And you’ll see it with Apple. They can be defeated. Somebody will do that,” said Tom Grissen, CEO of biometrics firm Daon, whose clients include USAA and MasterCard.
Moreover, he says, Apple didn’t create Face ID to improve security. “They did this because they couldn’t find an acceptable way to put the Touch ID sensor into the new screen without interfering with their design goals.”
Some experts say that facial recognition is quite frankly too underdeveloped at this point, compared with the more fully developed fingerprint scanner. “Experts in the field widely agree that facial-recognition technology is not as accurate as fingerprint technology. Period,” Jonathan Frankle, a PhD student from MIT’s Internet Policy Research Initiative, told Mashable.
One major concern that keeps coming to mind for me is the fact that Apple itself could use the data to benefit other sectors of its business. For example, they could sell it to third parties for surveillance purposes, or receive requests from law enforcement to access it facial-recognition system.
I myself will not be buying the new iPhone and trying out the Face ID feature until more research is done and the system has been tried and developed many more times.