February 26, 2020
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For a few days, Facebook was providing a user's phone number and address available, with the user's permission, via its Facebook Graph API. Likely fueled by distrust of Facebook's previous approaches to privacy, users and press reacted negatively to the concept. Based on this feedback, Facebook reversed its decision and neither phone or address is returned to applications at this time. Privacy is a big concern, especially for APIs, but Facebook took appropriate steps for gaining user permission. The reaction to Facebook's platform change was an overreaction, which points to a need for more granular privacy controls and a better method of granting access.
Standard methods for biometric authentication, think fingerprint scanning and facial recognition, are extremely problematic given the current cultural expectation that masks, and often gloves, be worn throughout the day. UnifyID has launched a new gait-based biometric authentication API to help.