Apple to block Clearview & AI facial recognition on their devices after a policy violation, Facial recognition! A some-what dystopian-esque technology that may be changing the world for the better. The primary goal is to provide groundbreaking and effortless security features, that are confined to your face and your face alone. The main goal is to provide people with flashy gimmicks that come with technology like facial recognition on their newly released smartphones.
And enabling the masses to buy smartphones that are equipped with facial recognition. Believe me! Smartphones with facial recognition such as Apple’s iPhone X series and Samsung’s Note 8 and 9 are the most noticeable phones that can boast the functionality of facial recognition.
Perks that facial recognition offer.
Facial recognition certainly has its perks. It certainly is a cut above touch ID, which has been around since 2013. No surprises! The technology was introduced to the iPhone. The iPhone 5 in particular.
But, there are downsides to touch ID. A certain number of factors such as dirt, grease, gloves, or uncalculated damage to the user’s fingers may affect how your devices operate. And a fun fact for that matter: Your touch ID is vulnerable to be unlocked by one in 50,000 people.
Doesn’t make your fingerprint that much unique now, does it?
Facial recognition, however, is different. Each and everyone is born with a different face, completely unique from each other. Unless you’re twins, or you may find someone that looks like a complete doppelganger version of you. There is an extremely slim chance of you getting your phone compromised by someone else. Because YOU! Alone, can unlock your phone, once the facial recognition configuration has been completed.
History of facial recognition on phones
The first phone to make groundbreaking strides in introducing Facial recognition on smartphones was Apple, back in September 2017.
On their newly released iPhone X (10) at WWDC (World, Wide, Developer, Conference)
However, facial recognition goes far beyond 2017. The earliest works on facial recognition can be credited all the way back to the 1960s to a man named Woody Bledsoe. He was the co-founder of Panoramic Research in Palo Alto and found a way to manually input the positions of a person’s facial features into a computer.
When Apple released the iPhone X with facial recognition technology, they claimed that it was the most significant leap forward since the original iPhone. And we agree! Because Apple is no stranger to releasing groundbreaking features in smartphones. Which only their competitors follow up with afterwards, implementing them into their phones like the copycats that they are.
Trouble spells for Clearview AI.
Clearview AI is an American technology company that provides facial recognition software. Clearview makes several bold claims that their technology is only marketed towards law enforcement agencies.
Founded by Hoan Ton-That and Richard Schwartz. The company has developed technology that can match up to 3 billion images taken directly from the internet. And that also includes social media applications. And were also in cahoots with Apple, only until recently.
Cease and desist.
According to a Buzzfeed report, Apple has disabled the IOS application of Clearview AI. Clearview is reported to be in use by over 2,200 public and private entities across the United States: Such as the FBI, NBA, Wal-Mart, and many others.
The charge? Clearview uses its developer account to directly spread the distribution of its software to security agencies and law enforcement customers. This tactic allowed Clearview to bypass the Apple App store, which is a direct violation of Apple’s rules.
This is not the first time a company has directly violated Apple’s distribution policy. Facebook and Google also landed themselves in hot water back in 2019 for using the same illegal tactics to bypass Apple’s App store. And in return, Apple also revoked Facebook’s and Google’s license enterprises.
Apple released a statement following the entire fiasco surrounding Clearview and Apple. Apple made it clear that Violators’ who transgress against Apple’s policies have a total number of 14 days to get the issue resolved.
A reported by Buzzfeed, a highly notable CEO of Guardian Firewall: Will Strafach was quoted as saying: It is highly unlikely that the situation is getting better anytime soon between Apple and Clearview. Since Clearview has undoubtedly crossed the line by breaking a significant number of iron-clad rules.
The CEO Clarifies
The CEO of Clearwater himself took to the task of responding to the debacle between Clearwater and Apple. He made a rather wishy-washy statement, which is unclear of its intent. Hon Ton-That clarified that the App could not be used without an official Clearview account.
While anyone can download the App, Nobody can perform relevant searches without the proper authorization and credentials.
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