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Apple Is Sharing iPhone X Face Data — And A Lot Of People Are Worried

The data is taken from Apple's ARKit — not Face ID.
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Apple Is Sharing iPhone X Face Data — And A Lot Of People Are Worried

Despite concerns over privacy and security, Apple is granting third-party developers access to iPhone X face data

As first reported by Reuters and later confirmed by Gizmodo, Apple will let outside developers use the face data collected by the iPhone X, provided they ask permission from the user and agree not to use the data for authentication, advertising or marketing purposes.

Privacy advocates have been concerned about access to face data. It was even one of the main worries included in Sen. Al Franken's open letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook.

They argue that facial recognition software, and the data from it, can be invasive, misleading and potentially even used for surveillance purposes.

But the situation isn't as worrisome as some may think. The data developers can access isn't actually powerful enough to unlock phones. 

That's because it comes from Apple's augmented reality tools — not Face ID. If you've ever used Snapchat's selfie filters, you should already be familiar with the — pretty harmless — technology.