A I phone that a premium that will cost a thousand dollars and that will have a facial recognition system called Face ID. Surprisingly, the scandal has not been the price, but the facial recognition system. Before analyzing the seriousness of the problem, it is necessary to point out three things: it is not phone X like the X-Men, but phone X like in the 10th century; facial recognition is less safe and more dangerous than a six-digit digit

Forget my name, my face, my house (or not)

We can live without fingers and even without eyes but living without a face is a much bigger problem. Not all of us have at our disposal the surgical services of drug kingpins. The difference between your face and other biometric data, such as fingerprint or blood type, is that that face is seen by everyone, including thousands of cameras, public and private, that collect your image without you knowing, where I want you to go.

Many of these biometric gun safes keep your image and process it, registering your presence and comparing it with other databases to know things about you. For example, in meters, tolls and airports, but also shopping centers, polling stations and public squares. That information is stuck to your face. And you do not know in which hands you can finish or with what intentions.

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With this system, I phone will be able to amass a database capable of competing in record time with that of Face book, its main competitor, a liquid gold deposit that will be auctioned among its advertisers. The more servers that contain that data, the more likely it ends up in the hands of hackers that will put them on the black market for free, or for the highest bidder. Your face will be a real-time background history. Many people will know where you are in any place where there are cameras connected.

And with respect to manufacturers and developers ? In them lies the maintenance of your biometric data (and this I will try to explain as simple as possible, because it is very important). While if someone steals your password you can change it at any time for another, this is not possible with your biometric data . That is, if someone gets the full data of your fingerprint, you can never change it. And this is the greatest risk of using biometrics so widely and carelessly.

Many of these cameras keep your image and process it, registering your presence and comparing it with other databases to know things about you. For example, in meters, tolls and airports, but also shopping centers, polling stations and public squares. That information is stuck to your face. And you do not know in which hands you can finish or with what intentions.

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