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Technology Google Pixel 4's facial recognition tech works when owners' eyes are closed

19:10  18 october  2019
19:10  18 october  2019 Source:   msn.com

Pixel 4: Google confirms face unlock works with eyes shut

  Pixel 4: Google confirms face unlock works with eyes shut Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL are Google's latest smartphones and they can be unlocked by facial recognition. But you can also unlock your phone with your eyes closed, Google confirmed.One of the major security features of the new Google Pixel 4 smartphone is that it can be unlocked through facial recognition. But a new BBC report found the tool can be used even if a person's eyes are closed.

Since Google launched the new Pixel 4 and the Pixel 4 XL, there seem to be more flaws than perfection to the company' s 2019 lineup of smartphones. Due to the security flaw, users can unlock the Pixel 4 with the help of the facial recognition feature, even when their eyes are closed .

Google has confirmed the Pixel 4 smartphone' s Face Unlock system can allow access to a person' s And Google told BBC News it would not feature on the Pixel 4 when it went on sale, on 24 October. It says concerned customers can switch on "lockdown" mode - which deactivates facial recognition

Earlier this week, the BBC's Chris Fox reported that the Pixel 4's facial recognition unlock feature works even when you're unconscious -- no eyes needed.

a person taking a selfie: There is concern that a facial unlock feature that works even when its owners eyes are closed could threaten owners' privacy.© wonry / IStock.com There is concern that a facial unlock feature that works even when its owners eyes are closed could threaten owners' privacy.

Raising concern about the security of upcoming Pixel 4 series owners, BBC technology reporter Chris Fox tweeted earlier this week that "The Pixel 4 facial recognition works even if you're asleep/dead." In response to the worry that this tweet caused, Google told the BBC Thursday simply that "We will continue to improve Face Unlock over time" and that this is how the phone will go on sale next week.

Contractors say they were told to lie while collecting Pixel 4 face scans

  Contractors say they were told to lie while collecting Pixel 4 face scans This summer, we learned that Google had embarked on a wide scale project to collect facial recognition data, which the company said was necessary to build "fairness" into face unlocking for its Pixel 4, which will be officially unveiled on October 15th. A new report from the New York Daily News has more details on where Google sent people to collect that data, and what they were told to do by the company that hired them as contractors for the project.The people collecting the data worked as TVCs -- the "temporary, vendor and contractors" who outnumber Google's own employees on the company's roster -- for an employment firm called Randstad.

The device' s facial recognition system will apparently unlock the phone even if someone' s eyes are closed . Although Google acknowledges the way In contrast, Apple' s Face ID system on its iPhones only works when someone is looking directly at the phone. The difference means someone' s Pixel

Google has switched from a fingerprint reader to an Apple-style "face unlock" system on its new Pixel 4 , but it seems that Google may not have taken the. Apple' s recent iPhones, which also support a facial recognition security system called Face ID, require by default that your eyes be open in what it

This would allow a Pixel 4 to be unlocked while its owner is sleeping or unconscious. In the words of Chris Fox: "That seems problematic."

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— Chris Fox (@thisisFoxx)

October 15, 2019

While a collection of Fox's commenters expressed concern over the possibility of snooping significant others exploiting this security flaw to nose around phones, others worried about how the police could use this. Since its conception in 2017, facial recognition technology has brought up controversies regarding authorities' rights to unlock seized devices by merely pointing it at the owner's face without their admission.

On the contrary, Apple iPhones require owner's attention -- aka open eyes -- by default to unlock the device; however, this can be deactivated in Settings, but not without warning the user that turning this feature off would compromise their security.

As of right now, the only way to alleviate any concern about this flaw is to completely deactivate biometric authentication and rely on a PIN password.

The original Google Pixel will get one final update in December .
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