Hi, readers. In this blog, I am going to talk about a very concerning topic. I am going to tell you the new always-on camera feature in Qualcomm’s new chip. Qualcomm is launching a new chip, and its chip’s name is “Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1.” From next year many high-end devices will have this new chip, and the concerning part is that this will allow an always-on front camera, which is a privacy nightmare.
“Your phone’s front camera is always securely looking for your face, even if you don’t touch it or raise to wake it.” That’s how Qualcomm Technologies vice president of product management Judd Heape introduces the company’s new always-on camera capabilities in the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor and set to arrive in top-shelf Android phones early next year.
Qualcomm thinks this new feature will enable new use cases, like unlocking your mobile phone without waking it up. When the camera is not able to see your face, the mobile will automatically be locked.
But for those aware of things like how modern technology is used to violate our privacy, a camera on our phone will continuously record our images, even when we are not using it. This stuff is a nightmare and has a cost to our privacy that far outweighs any potential convenience benefits.
In favor of this feature, the company says that the new feature makes your phone more secure by automatically locking your device when it no longer sees your face or detects someone looking over your shoulder or popping up if you are looking at the phone with someone else. Basically, If your camera cannot see you, your device will be locked, and if it can see you, it will be unlocked.
But while those features may be convenient and neat, I am not convinced that having an always-on camera is not good for our privacy.
What are your thoughts on this? You can share in the comments.