Facial Recognition Marks the End of Privacy

Our data is slipping through our fingers. Literally.

You probably didn’t think twice when you entered your fingerprint as the passcode for your iPhone. Don’t beat yourself up, though. Neither did the 89% of Apple users who use Touch ID.

It’s a convenient feature. But there’s not much stopping Apple from passing that information on to whoever asks for it — whether that be other corporations or the government. After all, with the mountain of data already collected on you every day, a fingerprint really is the perfect cherry on top.

This is even more relevant with the iPhone X’s hot new feature. Facial recognition. Due to 3-D mapping, or Face ID as Apple calls it, you can now unlock your screen with a simple glance at your phone.

Paving the way for the future of smartphones, tech companies can now map your face as well as your every online move. Ironically enough, Apple is calling this new feature the ‘epitome of security’ when it comes to your information.

It’s vital that we don’t become complacent about the privacy risk this poses. Already, governments around the world are using facial recognition to monitor their own citizens.

In Russia, the technology is used to identify anti-government protesters. In China, it’s used to shame jay-walkers. And last month in London, facial recognition resulted in 35 misidentifications at Notting Hill Festival.

Now, under the pretence of fighting terrorism, our own government has started watching us.

Last week, Malcolm Turnbull put forward his new plan to compile the license and passport photos of all Australians into a huge database. Allegedly, this would allow state and federal police to identify potential threats to national security, or innocent civilians, immediately.

In this new era of round-the-clock surveillance, anonymity is now a luxury. While the majority of companies are working to capitalise on this fact, there are still some technologies working to defend privacy. One such technology, is cryptocurrencies.

Removing the need for both personal identity and third party interference, crypto blockchain technology is the perfect safeguard for financial security. Although we can’t control the government surveying us in public spaces, we can opt-out when it comes to who controls our money.

It’s no wonder cryptos are demonised by banks and governments alike.

So don’t spend your money on a phone with a selling point of collecting your biometric data. Instead, you should look to invest in the companies that have your privacy in mind.

Our in-house tech expert Sam Volkering has recommended one crypto in particular. To learn more about it, click here.

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Katie Johnson,
For Markets & Money

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