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Apple is sharing your face with apps, and you should be worried

Posted on December 2nd, 2017 at 20:11 by John Sinteur in category: News


Less noticed was how the iPhone lets other apps now tap into two eerie views from the so-called TrueDepth camera. There’s a wireframe representation of your face and a live read-out of 52 unique micro-movements in your eyelids, mouth and other features. Apps can store that data on their own computers.

To see for yourself, use an iPhone X to download an app called MeasureKit. It exposes the face data Apple makes available. The app’s maker, Rinat Khanov, tells me he’s already planning to add a feature that lets you export a model of your face so you can 3D print a mini-me.

“Holy cow, why is this data available to any developer that just agrees to a bunch of contracts?” said Fatemeh Khatibloo, an analyst at Forrester Research.

Being careful is in Apple’s DNA, and it has been slow in opening home and health data to outsiders. But it also views the face camera as a differentiator, helping position Apple as a leader in artificial intelligence and augmented reality.

Apple put some important limits on apps. It requires “that developers ask a user’s permission before accessing the camera, and that apps must explain how and where this data will be used,” Apple’s Neumayr said.

And Apple’s rules say developers can’t sell face data, use it to identify anonymous people or use it for advertising. They’re also required to have privacy policies.

And last but not least, they have to pinky-swear not to lie about this.

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IoT: The Internet of Terror

Posted on December 2nd, 2017 at 20:00 by John Sinteur in category: News


If it seems like the sky is falling, that’s because it is.


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Is It Too Late for Robert Mueller to Save Us?

Posted on December 2nd, 2017 at 17:24 by John Sinteur in category: News


For the past year I’ve been trying to understand what exactly the Trump era has been training us to become. Passive, certainly. Overwhelmed and anxious and unable to focus, without a doubt. But I also wonder whether we’re being trained to abandon our steadfast belief that the rule of law will save us, or if we’re being taught to cling to the illusory protections of the law as it becomes just another on a long list of anachronisms.

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Brexit Travel Paradox

Posted on December 2nd, 2017 at 15:39 by John Sinteur in category: News

(psst. don’t mention the world “Gibraltar”)

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  1. You seem to have forgotten or ignored the fact that Scotland wants a soft border too.

    Sometimes I go down to the beach and I can hear the French laughing at us.

The Centuries-Old Debt That’s Still Paying Interest

Posted on December 2nd, 2017 at 15:24 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Kimmel To Roy Moore: Not Only Will I Fight You, I’ll Wear A Girl Scout Uniform So You Can Get Excited

Posted on December 2nd, 2017 at 8:31 by John Sinteur in category: News

So Moore will spat with Kimmel but wont debate Jones….

Well, Jones doesn’t appeal to teenage girls like Kimmel, so Moore doesn’t see him as a threat.

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