Apple this week unveiled its new iPhone X as part of the smartphone’s 10th birthday, and with it comes a host of security concerns.
One of the major features of the iPhone X (X for the roman numeral 10) is FaceID, a facial recognition feature for unlocking the phone by just looking at it.
Apple has a solid track record on personal privacy when it comes to securing its devices, but FaceID raises major issues, such as whether the tool be used against an owner’s will to gain access to their phone or what happens if a hacker steals your facial identity?
A staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union argued that law enforcement could use someone’s face against their will to unlock their phone, possibly without violating the person’s’ Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.
Carrie Leonetti, a law professor at the University of Oregon who specializes in emerging technology, agreed. She said FaceID and TouchID carry less constitutional protection than former methods for securing one’s phone.