iPhone X’s TrueDepth Camera will Share Face Mapping Data with Third-Party App Developers
According to Apple Guidelines Developers will Require Explicit User Permission
Finally, iPhone lover’s wait is over, since iPhone X is officially out along with new surprises. The front-facing TrueDepth camera is one such a surprise powering the FaceID feature. Another surprise comes with Apple contract recently shared with iPhone x app developers, which opens up users to a new but unclear privacy risk. According to this contract, the data obtained by the TrueDepth camera can be transmitted to non-Apple servers.
This third-party app developer agreement with Apple, unfolds that third-party app developers will have access to only the visual facial mapping data instead of the mathematical representation of it which is used for Face ID to unlock the iPhone X. Facial mapping data later encrypted on the device itself, thus its employees not even have access to it.
Apple explained that “App makers who want to use the new camera on the iPhone X can capture a rough map of a user’s face and a stream of more than 50 kinds of facial expressions. This data, which can be removed from the phone and stored on a developer’s own servers, can help monitor how often users blink, smile or even raise an eyebrow.”
Of course, Apple has also explained the restrictions that the facial data will never be used for marketing and advertising and it cannot be sold to data brokers and analytics companies. Also, Apple bans developers to use identifying facial information for creating profiles of otherwise anonymous users.
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Still, it seems like iPhone X users have to exercise some caution for the privacy risk of new iPhone model. Whenever a fun-looking third-party app will ask for permission to access the data collected through the TrueDepth camera of iPhone X, users need to think twice before tapping on OK.
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