Apple Files Patent For Facial and Voice Recognition Software

August 23, 2010

The contents of the box of an iPhone 4; Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons user HereToHelp

(ChattahBox) – Apple has filed a patent for a kill switch technology that would allow them to use facial, voice and even heartbeat recognition in order to find unauthorized users to their service, and remotely shut down the iPhone, iPad and iPod.

The patent states that their devices would be able to compare facial and vocal data already on file with what it would capture from the person currently using the iPhone or other products. If it did not match up, they could suspend service from a remote location, as well as wipe an details from the account that could be gathered, such as credit card information.

While the implication of the software is great by means of security, some fear it will be used to block access to third party applications, an act known as “jailbreaking”. Jailbreakme 2.0, a program created by the hacker known as comex to allow those without advanced knowledge of technology to put third party apps on their iPhone, has been ruled as legal by the Library of Congress.

But if Apple put changed their policy on applications they could claim the were blocking third party apps as matter of security for users.


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