U.S. Senator Al Franken was among the first characters that questioned the safety of the new iPhone X owners. Their concerns stemmed from a new technology called Face ID. The system identifies the true owner of the product by reading his or her facial features. Afterwards, it grants access to the system. Franken urged Apple CEO Tim Cook to reconsider the impact this technology can cause to customers. However, the answer wasn’t late to appear.
Senator Franken Asked Apple to Explain How It Secures Data Coming from Face ID
Last month, senator Franken wrote a public letter addressed to Apple and its latest gadget, iPhone X. The democrat waited for an explanation that would clarify how exactly the company handles data coming from its unique facial recognition feature. Often times, tech companies exploited such information in a bid to tailor their products to the profile of their clients better.
Moreover, Franken wanted to know if Apple took any measure against age, gender, and racial bias. The response came from Apple’s VP for Public Policy, Cynthia Hogan.
“We worked with participants from around the world to include a representative group of people accounting for gender, age, ethnicity, and other factors.”
Apple’s Response Detailed How the New Technology Works and Protects Users from Digital Threats
The company explained that the app could detect gaze to make sure the user is aware of her or his surroundings. Moreover, it can project a map on user’s face. The highlighted features are recorded. This series of data will head to Secure Enclave for processing. This is where the information is encrypted as well. At no point in this process will the data leave the terminal.
Apple won’t receive the mathematical representation of a person’s face. On top of that, such data won’t appear in device backups either. Instead, it is discarded as soon as algorithms confirm a match between Face ID profile and new scan.
Hogan completed the response with further attachments of other materials that Apple released beforehand to educate the public on this new technology. These files include a Face ID security white paper, Apple onstage presentation of iPhone X, and an Apple Support Document.
Franken welcomed Apple’s response with a second statement. He appreciated Apple’s collaboration with his office and its care for the privacy and security of its customers.
Image source: 1