LG Innotek, a unit of LG group, will supply 3D facial recognition modules for Apple's upcoming iPhone 8, Korea Economic Daily reported Thursday. Apple and LG Innotek got together last year to develop the first-ever 3D facial recognition camera, which will be used for "a variety of applications from biometric authentication to games," the report said. Read: Apple's A11 Processor For iPhone 8, 7s, 7s Plus And iPad Refreshes Enter Production LG already supplies Apple with dual-lens camera modules found on the back of the iPhone 7. The upcoming camera is expected to be on the front side of the iPhone 8 and be smaller than the one on the iPhone 7. Both reasons are why LG is building a plant, the report said. LG reportedly invested 269.7 billion won ($239.5 million) in a new facility that will be dedicated to Apple's orders.
Facial recognition software is a reality and an increasingly irritating one. Smart cameras are monitoring the streets of most major cities, social media have massive databases of users' faces, and god knows how security services are planning to use it. Is there any way to escape Big Brother and enjoy some privacy? Developers and researchers are already working on this. For example, Carnegie Mellon University recently showed how specially designed glasses can trick facial recognition software into thinking you are someone else, and projects such as CV Dazzle explore how fashion can be used as camouflage.
Facial recognition technology used by the UK police is making thousands of mistakes - and now there could be legal repercussions. Civil liberties group, Big Brother Watch, has teamed up with Baroness Jenny Jones to ask the government and the Met to stop using the technology. They claim the use of facial recognition has proven to be'dangerously authoritarian', inaccurate and a breach if rights protecting privacy and freedom of expression. If their request is rejected, the group says it will take the case to court in what will be the first legal challenge of its kind. South Wales Police, London's Met and Leicestershire are all trialling automated facial recognition systems in public places to identify wanted criminals.
Facial recognition technology is the single biggest tool for authorities to keep an eye on suspected (and unsuspected) individuals; but thanks to Snowden leaks, it would appear that most of the victims of such technologies have been unsuspected users. The growing use of facial recognition technology at airports in the United States to its misuse in China to track minorities; it all raises serious concerns over user privacy and in particular, just how much do authorities know about you. See: One out of Two American Adults Part of the FBI's Facial Recognition Database For instance, in Southeast China, the police used facial recognition technology to locate and detain a suspect among a crowd of over 60,000 people. The incident occurred at a pop concert where the popular Hong Kong singer Jacky Cheung was performing, a concert attended by the suspected fugitive. The problem is that the same technology can be used to track and oppress anyone hiding from brutal regimes.