Facebook is working on a new way to verify your identity, using a selfie and facial recognition software.
Facebook may be in PR turmoil on any given day of the week but it doesn’t stop the company from ploughing ahead with new features. Its Facebook mobile app will reportedly integrate a new facial recognition feature soon to help people easier log into it.
We presume the argument will be that it’s easier than passwords as this is true for phone-wide systems like Apple’s Face ID on its iPhone X and 11 range. But that is a proven secure method, whereas here Facebook would use the front-facing camera on your phone to record a photo of your face. Given Facebook’s record with data misuse, we aren’t jumping at the chance to give our faces to them (even if pictures of us are online already).
App researcher Jane Manchun Wong reverse engineers apps to uncover features like this that are in development, and posted the below tweets showing the alleged upcoming system:
Wong also noted that the selfies, or video selfie, will remain private and will be automatically deleted 30 days after identity confirmation. But that seems to be an extreme amount of time… Also what happens to the alg that is generated of your face… They dont say this will be deleted! Be careful.
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