Smartphones with SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 with always-on camera function. What about user privacy?

Smartphones with SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 with always-on camera function.  What about user privacy?The beginnings of voice assistants in smartphones were difficult not only because of their limitations. There were privacy issues with the debut of the Google Assistant or Apple Siri. The services collected a considerable amount of data about the habits and preferences of users. Calling assistants by voice means nothing more than constantly listening to what is happening around your smartphone. Theoretically an active microphone is picking up ambient sound trying to recognize an activation command like Hey Siri, but the practice is much more complex. Next year, smartphones will not only listen to us, but also watch us using built-in cameras. We owe it to the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip.

The privacy of smartphone users with Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chips is in question. The devices will be able to constantly watch us using the built-in camera.

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Yesterday we had the opportunity to meet the latest, top Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip for flagship smartphones. The technical specification and SoC capabilities have already been discussed in a separate publication, while the novelty is also associated with new functions. One of them can have a significant impact on user privacy. During the presentation it was announced that the camera of devices with the said chip will always be active. This means constantly searching for the user’s face, even if the user is not using the device. Why would Qualcomm use such a novelty. All for more effective locking and unlocking management. It makes a lot of sense. Ultimately, the device is supposed to unlock whenever we look at it, no matter where we are.

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It makes sense, but the novelty also has the other side of the coin. The dark one. If we take into account privacy issues, we can easily come to the conclusion that by using this function, we will completely reveal ourselves to the service provider. Both indirectly and directly. The novelty is therefore quite controversial, but it is not certain whether all equipment with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 system will use it. It is up to the manufacturers whether they decide to activate “always on camera” in their devices. My guess is that the lion’s share of the industry giants will leave this choice to the users alone.

Source: The Verge, Qualcomm


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