Apple doesn’t currently have access to the faceprint data that it stores on iPhones. But if the government attempted to forced Apple to change its operating system at the government’s behest — a tactic the FBI tried once already in the case of the locked phone of San Bernardino killer Syed Rizwan Farook — it could gain that access. And that could theoretically make Apple an irresistible target for a new type of mass surveillance order. The government could issue an order to Apple with a set of targets and instructions to scan iPhones, iPads, and Macs to search for specific targets based on FaceID, and then provide the government with those targets’ location based on the GPS data of devices that receive a match.
Jake Laperruque explains on Wired how Apple could become the new way to guarantee our¹ recognitions for the US Security Agencies. Theoretically and reasonably Apple built the best way to perform the mass surveillance. Welcome in 1984.
1. Not me, I use an Android phone.