Apple finally announced the iPhone X this week, complete with a facial recognition system that Apple calls FaceID. Preliminary impressions are that FaceID will be hard to trick , and needs to be secure for the average user, but researchers are ready to check its robustness. Consumer facial recognition has existed, but not yet at this scale, inviting questions about what its consequences will be, especially for solitude . Apple’s new iOS 11 mobile operating system does have more crucial privacy protections against muggers and government officials alike but investigators detailed doubts this week about the “differential privacy” techniques Apple uses which are thought to aggregate and analyze customer information without invading their privacy. read more