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Samsung working to get a closer look at your face for facial authentication on smartphones

What’s the news: Facial recognition for authentication on Samsung phones is likely to become more sophisticated as the company considers introducing under-display cameras, reported GSM Arena. According to a patent application, the South Korean tech giant is working on a camera system that will take multiple images of the user from two angles and construct a 3D model of their face. As per the report, Samsung has only experimented with the technology on its Galaxy Fold line without a broader release. While the GSM Arena speculated that Samsung is exploring this new dual UDC tech for its foldables, this also raises some concerns about the company collecting more accurate biometric data of users. For phones with fingerprint scanners, the lenses may either be placed side-by-side or a single dual-purpose lens will be built into the device. Why it matters: Samsung sells millions of Galaxy devices in India. Already, there are concerns about the growing usage of surveillance technologies like facial recognition by government and law enforcement agencies. Private companies collecting biometric data like facial information raises concerns about third-party sharing of data. While Samsung’s under-display cameras may still be only a topic of discussion, the execution of this idea needs to be in line with data and privacy protection principles. Technology may also assess pupil size: According to GSM Arena, the dual under-display cameras may not simply focus on the face but on specific aspects like the user’s pupil size. As per the report, measuring the human's pupil size will vary…

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