Apple’s new smartphone, iPhone X, uses a recognition system called Face ID to unlock your device and authorize payments. How does it check that your identity is authentic?
“And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.” Revelation 13:16,17 (KJV)
EDITOR’S NOTE: What is the Mark Of The Beast as found in Revelation 13? It is a physical “mark” that is embedded into either the back of your right hand or in your forehead. It’s purpose is two-fold. First, it is spiritual in that accepting the Mark is an act of worship of and obedience to the Antichrist, and two, it is physical in that it controls all the buying and selling you wish to engage in. No Mark? You cannot buy or sell anything, not having the Mark locks you out of the global commerce and financial system. In short, with the Mark implanted YOU have become the currency. The new iPhone X from Apple comes with something called FaceID where a scan of your face is used to conduct a variety of activities including…wait for it…authorizing purchases made through your iPhone. As Bible believers, we know that there can be no Mark Of The Beast until the Beast shows up, but man oh man, this sure is a giant step closer.
“It compares two face images and determines how similar they are,” explains Professor Anil Jain, who studies pattern recognition and computer vision at Michigan State University. “In the simplest way, that’s what face recognition does. You enroll your face, just like in Touch ID you enroll your fingerprint.”
FaceID uses a combination of light projectors and sensors to take several images of your facial features. Collectively called the ‘TrueDepth camera system‘, Apple says these technologies work together to build a ‘detailed depth map of your face to recognize you in an instant.’
Apple explains FaceID on iPhone X:
While Facebook has a powerful facial recognition system, it doesn’t maintain the operating systems that control the cameras on phones, tablets, and laptops that stare at us every day.
Apple’s new system completely changes that. For the first time, a company will have a facial recognition system with millions of profiles, and the hardware to scan and identify faces throughout the world.
According to Wired, this is a system already ripe for government abuse. 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 Apple would provide the government with those targets’ location based on the GPS data of devices’ that receive a match. Apple has a good record of fighting for user privacy, but there’s only so much the company could do if its objections to an order are turned down by the courts. And the government is already looking into how this could benefit them, but are hiding behind the guise of “privacy.” On Wednesday Sen. Al Franken (D-Minnesota) released a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook, asking how the company will handle the technology’s security and privacy implications.
Over the last decade the government has increasingly embraced this type of mass scan method. Edward Snowden’s disclosures revealed the existence of Upstream, a program under FISA Section 702 (set to expire in just a few months). With Upstream, the NSA scans all internet communications going into and out of the United States for surveillance targets’ emails, as well as IP addresses and what the agency has called cyber signatures. And last year Reuters revealed that Yahoo, in compliance with a government order, built custom software to scan hundreds of millions of email accounts for content that contained a digital signature used by surveillance targets.
To many these mass scans are unconstitutional and unlawful, but that has not stopped the government from pursing them. Nor have those concerns prevented the secretive FISA Court from approving the government’s requests, all too often with the public totally unaware that mass scans continue to sift through millions of Americans’ private communications. source
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