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Should Apple require apps to ask for permission to use your face data?

Should Apple require apps to ask for permission to use your face data?

SpecFM/Layout · September 16, 2017 at 8:22pm

Should Apple require apps to ask for permission to use your face data?

SpecFM / Layout · September 16, 2017 at 8:22pm (Edited 1 year ago)
Its been bugging me... ever since I saw the ARKit video (https://developer.apple.com/videos/play/fall2017/601/) I've become a bit more uncomfortable with companies having that data without asking me. I think I would feel a bit better if they did something like they do for accessing my photos or GPS.     To be clear, developers don't have access to the raw facial data but they do get a pretty detailed abstraction of it. Maybe I'm overreacting, but I dunno if just asking for permission to use your cameras is enough? Would love to hear what you all think!

September 17, 2017 at 10:49pm
I mean, this should even be a matter of discussion... Really hope they do make developers ask for permission
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Well, they do ask for permission to use your cameras. But I dunno if it's explicit enough...
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September 18, 2017 at 1:22pm
Completely agree that it should require explicit permissions
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It also makes me wonder... Say I've given Facebook permission to use my camera to post a picture once. Can they turn on my camera anytime and track what I'm looking at, my facial reactions to what I'm reading, etc?
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September 18, 2017 at 3:32pm
That's so wrong... 😧
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September 18, 2017 at 5:05pm
Yes, I agree that it should ask for explicit permission. However, I think there is a wider issue with app permissions. I don't think it's enough that apps should ask for permission to use phone features. I think Apple (and Android, for that matter) should require apps to explain why they need access to that feature.
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In this instance, does that app need facial recognition simply for authentication, or as Kevin mentioned, detect facial reactions?
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Agree that it should be explicit...we're just scratching the surface of what's going to be possible with face data, and a lot of people could get burned by unknowingly giving this data away anytime they download a new app
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(that asks for their camera permissions)
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