Expert calls for law regulating Apple-Egyptian relations



Thu, 14 Sep 2017 - 01:30 GMT


Thu, 14 Sep 2017 - 01:30 GMT

iPhone X – File Photo

iPhone X – File Photo

CAIRO – 14 September 2017: It is essential to introduce a law in Egypt that regulates the relationship between the tech giant Apple, and Egyptian citizens, especially after it launched a $999 iPhone X that can be unlocked using the company’s new Face ID feature, said Youm7 Editor-in-Chief Khaled Salah on Twitter.

Salah noted that this system allows the company "to penetrate the privacy" of its users.

"iPhone X operates using facial features, and before that using fingerprints, and Facetime records video calls. Is this normal or do we need a law with Apple that regulates our privacy?"

In recent days, public concerns have increased about the privacy and security of iPhone X owners as Apple could use this system to collect user data and sell it to third parties for surveillance purposes.

Consequently, Apple has faced questions from the U.S. Senate regarding protection of privacy. Senator Al Franken had a number of lingering questions for Apple’s CEO Tim Cook about how Apple would handle law enforcement requests for access to these devices.

Yet, Apple has assured that it has no plans to allow any third party to have access to the Face ID system or its faceprint data, according to Recode.

Apple's latest iPhone launch event was trending on all social media platforms on Tuesday. Tim Cook was on stage to unveil the iPhone 8, iPhone X and a host of other products.

The star of the show was the iPhone X, a premium version of Apple's flagship device. It will feature an all-screen display, facial recognition software which uses a 3D scan of the user’s face for authenticating and unlocking their device by using the front camera. It also replaces Touch ID for Apple Pay too.

Apple suggests that this advancement is more natural and easier for users, but offering information about personal content behind face biometrics raises many security questions and some users do not hail that technology.

This system, alongside a blink once used by Samsung, was considered by many as a bad idea for its lack of security.

In past years, this problem was raised for Apple iPhone’s TouchID fingerprint as hackers could gain unauthorized access to users’ data by using lifted fingerprints, Forbes stated, adding that if iPhone users lock their mobiles with a fingerprint, police will have the right to force users to unlock their phone, which cannot be done with passwords, according to a password law enforcement.



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