Most of us are guilty of it. Following the acts of well known celebrities, we installed an app on our phones called “FaceApp”, which uses a headshot to create an image of what you may appear to look like when you’re much, much older. Following the rapid popularity of the app, privacy concerns started to arise, particularly some hazy areas in its privacy settings that raised some red flags. On this episode, we discuss the app and other concerns that may reside amongst the apps in our phones. Given that it’s known that nothing’s free… when we click “I agree”... what exactly are we giving up?
According to Equifax, in 2011, a few researchers from Carnegie Mellon University demonstrated that facial recognition technology could increase our risk for identity theft. Some of the risks cited by Equifax include lack of consent (having photo & data collected without your knowledge), predatory marketing, being at a disadvantage when applying for jobs, stalking, and identity theft. Six years later, we now have mobile devices that can collect and store our credit card information, passport information, and some that can even unlock your cell phone via facial recognition. On today’s episode, we discuss why, despite the risks, people are willing to trust their mobile devices, our experiences using some of these, and what you can do to protect your identity...well, as much as you can these days!