Months after Apple unveiled the swish iPhone X and assured users that face mapping data used to unlock the handset would be stored on the device it appears as if that policy is changing.

A report by Reuters suggests that while your face data will remain private, some facial data will be shared with third-party app developers.

There are some conditions to getting that data, such as not being allowed to sell the data on and requesting customer permission.

The worry is that Apple will be allowing a third-party to capture details about facial expressions, how often you blink or smile and store that data on their own servers.

As we have learned in the last few weeks giving people data and trusting them to secure it properly is easier said than done.

Apple says that its enforcement tools such as reviews of apps, audits of apps and kicking app developers off of the App Store will insure the firm’s privacy policies are adhered to.

The trouble we have is that all those measures protect you from somebody trying to sneak malicious apps into the App Store, kicking a developer off of the store isn’t going to help much when a server gets breached and crims have access to that data.

There are also concerns that marketers would use the data to track sentiment of adverts a user views though Reuters reports that Apple expressly forbids developers from using the data for that purpose.

That having been said it’s easier to ask for forgiveness than it is to ask for permission.

We want to hear from you though, do you think its fair for Apple to share this data – no matter how minimal it might be – with third parties whose security it cannot control? Let us know in the comments below.

[Source – Reuters]
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