Do You Trust Face ID Technology for Your Devices?

With Apple now including the Face ID technology in the new iPhone X, it’s placing facial recognition in the forefront again, although there are other devices and apps that already do employ the technology. There’s even a rumor suggesting that next year all new iPhones will include Face ID. But is it trustworthy? We asked our writers, “Do you trust Face ID technology for your devices?”

Our Opinion

Phil admits to being a “total Apple slave,” but also notes Face ID gives him pause. He feels it’s great that the technology will know the difference between an accurate 3D mask of a face and the actual face. But someone stealing his face is not what he objects to – “it’s the fact it might not work at some crucial time, and my actual face being a bit of data out there in the wild.” Something about it feels invasive to him.

Fabio doesn’t trust it at all, as “I think you’re just giving the government more info about yourself.” Even though they say your information isn’t shared, he doesn’t believe them, and that’s how he feels about all technologies.

Nicholas agrees with Fabio. “It’s more power to the government and less freedom to device users.” He refuses to use any identity technologies of any kind.


Kenneth believes that the iPhone’s new Face ID seems more significant, but only time will tell whether the impact will prove to be positive or negative. For security, though, he would only trust it if it would only unlock with a smile, as then it would know when he was under duress.

Alex thinks it’s surprising to hear so many concerned their info will be shared with the government, as “it’s not as if the government doesn’t already have images of your face” and “if Apple were to share information with the government, that would be shocking, especially for a company that has chosen to make privacy a tent pole of its sales pitch.” His concern would be that a face or fingerprint can’t ever be changed, limiting its usefulness.

I have to say I agree with Alex. I’m not very paranoid about government finding out my info, as they can easily find whatever information they want about you anyway. They already know what I look like and already know everything they want to. But when automatically identifying my face in pictures, technology doesn’t always know it’s me, and sometimes it’s hard to get my fingerprint sensor just right, so I worry about that, similarly to Phil. But I have no security concerns with it.

Your Opinion

What are your thoughts? Do you worry about the government in connection with using Face ID technology, or do you worry about it not working physically? Do you trust Face ID technology for your devices? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

Laura Tucker Laura Tucker

Laura has spent nearly 20 years writing news, reviews, and op-eds, with more than 10 of those years as an editor as well. She has exclusively used Apple products for the past three decades. In addition to writing and editing at MTE, she also runs the site's sponsored review program.


  1. “….already know everything they want to”
    But THEY forever want to know MORE!

    It’s not that I do not want the government to know all that they know about me. I definitely do not. However, why does a private company, Fruitco in this case, have to know what my face or my fingerprints look like?! Apple may not be willing to decrypt my iPhone for the government but I would be naive to believe that they do not harvest any and all data about me that they can get their grubby bots on.

    1. We will never know if Apple can access our private data on our iOS devices and Macintoshes, because it’s not open source software. But all actions and official reactions of Fruitco indicate that it seriously cares about the safety of our data. The new FaceID technology is out to the wild and soon hackers will try to break it. I wonder if it is possible to trick the LIDAR (?) sensor with a 3D-printed model of your head. A simply test would be to teach-in your brand-new iPhone’s FaceID with the Beethovens head on your piano. If this would work than the hackers need to develop a technology to produce a 3D-model of your head, maybe using several photos from different angles, create a hardware replicate with the analysis of all photos taken and then they would be able to trick the FaceID. The best solution would be to trick the LIDAR sensor. This is done in the automotive industry, but there they cut the connection between the LIDAR sensor and data acquisition and feed in simulated signal. The same would be very hard in an iPhone, thus the hurdle to crack it open is extremely high.

      1. “all actions and official reactions of Fruitco indicate that it seriously cares about the safety of our data”
        But that’s the point. Why do they have to have our data? They may “care about its safety” quite a lot but, as history has shown, sooner or later everybody gets hacked.

        “I wonder if it is possible to trick the LIDAR (?) sensor with a 3D-printed model of your head.”
        According to Apple propaganda that is not possible. I guess we will find out soon if FaceID is as secure as Apple says or if Apple sales flacks are just blowing smoke.

      2. “We will never know if Apple can access our private data on our iOS devices and Macintoshes”

        I guess you never heard of “Five Eyes”…. Check it on Wikipedia. They can easily access all your data, and most probably is being recorded somewhere among the futuristic storage bases, scattered throughout Earth…

  2. Everyone seems very paranoid about the government – what will they do with your data? Well, for starters they receive way more data than most people realize. When parents first claim a child on taxes, the child’s SS number is given. Their tracking starts with you early. Selective Service requires 17 year olds to register for the draft. Taxes provide much data. My military history required the FBI fingerprint and research me for my secret clearance. So for all of my life they recorded my data. Yet I have not seen too much compromise here, except when some idiot had her laptop stolen at a mall, with an illegal copy of veteran’s records. I was one of the hundred thousand who was compromised. Now I compare that to the equfax recent hack. this should have everyone so upset that this company should be out of business. How about the google/facebook/twitter/linkedin/apple/microsoft tracking? Everyone of these companies is mimicking the Nazis In tracking citizens. All are FOR PROFIT organizations. The CEO’s of google and facebook have both declared publicly that privacy is dead. So who should we worry about? The federal government is 20 years backward in databases, except where they use google as a provider. You should be worried that there is way too much power in these corrupt publicly traded companies. There is where you will be exploited. Just try a “google” search on this topic and you will get results that totally steer you away from this conversation.

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