To unlock the new iPhone X, users will have no choice but to use their own face. There is no home button or touch swiping this phone to unlock it. The only option is the high-tech facial recognition system titled “Face ID,” a feature being criticized by many. An article from Business Insider is titled “You’ll need to use your face, instead of your fingerprints, to unlock the new iPhone X.”
According to Forbes:
What if a person is introverted or uncomfortable with surveillance? People already know to cover their cameras and microphones with duct tape to avoid being recorded. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg seems to think it’s necessary.
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People weary of the “war on cash” and increased centralization of currency have the Face ID’s compatibility with Apple Pay to be concerned about.
According to Bank Innovation:
When it comes to Apple Pay, FaceID will turn into payment authentication, with the user’s own facial biometrics acting as verification for the transaction. It can also be used for access to a user’s more sensitive apps, including banking apps or others that keep track of financial data.
The feature, which Apple claims cannot be fooled by static images like a photo of someone’s face (it also won’t be tricked by someone wearing a mask, or growing a beard, etc) works by mapping a user’s face via infrared light.
The push for more surveillance friendly, power-centralizing features in technology seems to be an ongoing agenda.
In Australia, mainstream media is promoting microchipping people to perform menial tasks that can easily be performed without implanting radio frequency emitting devices in their bodies.
The comment section on this mainstream 9News article is priceless.
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Thankfully one thing activists and common people alike can agree upon is that surveillance is uncomfortable. Some understand the deepest ramifications of surveillance, and the potential for future court cases to cite people’s most private data to convict them of things that shouldn’t be crimes.
Some simply aren’t comfortable with using their face to unlock their phone. What about introverted or camera-shy people?
It’s strangely suspect to see this be such a prominent feature on such a highly anticipated device, because it would obviously benefit the surveillance state and intelligence agencies. It also seems impractical.
Hopefully people will exercise their ability to choose and opt out of technology that makes the work of malicious intelligence agencies so easy.