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App developer access to iPhone X face data spooks some privacy experts

Privacy experts say their concerns about iPhone X are not about government snooping

Stephen Nellis | Reuters  |  San Francisco 

Apple won accolades from privacy experts in September for assuring that facial data used to unlock its new iPhone X would be securely stored on the phone itself. But Apple’s privacy promises do not extend to the thousands of app developers who will gain access to facial data in order to build entertainment features for iPhone X customers, such as pinning a three-dimensional mask to their face for a selfie or letting a video game character mirror the player’s real-world facial expressions. Apple allows developers to take certain facial data off the phone as long as they ...

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First Published: Fri, November 03 2017. 00:00 IST