APPLE is now assigning trust ratings to iPhone users, based on your phone call and email habits.
The new ratings were added as part of the latest iOS 12 update, which rolled out to users on Monday, September 17.
Apple’s new system was revealed after the company updated its iTunes policy page on the official website.
According to the iPhone maker, Apple builds a score based on the number calls and emails you send and receive – to help spot fraudulent transactions made using your device.
As much as I try to think through how they could have ever devised this, I come up blank. Something is awry here.
And here’s the rub: If Apple is transparent (the new term for full disclosure) about their methodology, it will be gamed (the new term for cheating).
This makes my cat hair stand up, however.
I don’t think tech companies — who have mostly shown themselves to be untrustworthy — are in any position — moral, ethical, or even social — to rate the honesty of people.
And what happens if a government agency wants a look at those trust ratings?
As it is, everyone on the Net already has a dossier that’s available to buy from any number of firms (and those firms are themselves no fucking arbiters of trust!). How soon before those companies get a hold of these ratings (through theft or the most human way of hacking: bribery)? And what if they just decide to, you know, make that shit up?
I constantly emphasize that this is a graft-free blog. Maybe that’s why I can’t get on any damn PR lists from Bird, Lime, or any other company I ask.
Think about that.