The Honor of King Video Game Uses Facial Recognition to Check Age of Players
One of the most popular video games is testing the use of facial recognition in order to check the player’s age. The Honor of King announced the new move recently stating that the trial would be limited to only a few thousands of new players who are based in China, Beijing, and Shenzen.
The game was criticized in China’s local media claiming that children have become addicted to the game. However, the experts are questioning whether the facial recognition could be scaled or even misused by the company.
The game is similar to League of Legends and it pits players against each other in multiplayer battles set in a fantasy world.
The company behind the game is under pressure from local regulators to introduce restrictions limiting children younger than 12 to play the game for one hour and to allow those between 23 and 18 years to play for a maximum of two hours a day.
The facial recognition would also further the efforts of the company to discourage young players to try to login under a different name in order to continue playing.
Children on Social Media
How much time should young people spend on social media? In the past few years, we talk more about the issue of young people spending too much time on social media and how that impacts young people and their mental health. England’s chief medical officer, Mr. Hancock said:
“I am, as a father, very worried about the growing evidence of the impact of social media on children’s mental health. Unrestricted use by younger children risks being very damaging to their mental health.”
From the other side, blaming social media for mental health issues has many layers and it’s more complex than it looks to many. Often times, platforms like Facebook and Instagram do not enforce their rules and policy on age limits. Some tech companies such as Apple introduced a feature called ScreenTime, which allows users to monitor their time spent on iPhone and to set limits. Also, a new tool on Instagram and Facebook allows users to check how much time they spent scrolling. However, the most important thing to remember is to set up strict rules in the household when it comes to time spent on social media and monitoring how social media affects children.
Will Facebook be Fined After Hack Attacks?
After the revelation that almost 50 million Facebook accounts might have been accessed in a hack attack which happened due to weakness in the platform’s code, many questions remain about the most recent breach and Facebook in general.
Facebook could be determined to be in breach by GDPR, which is Europe’s data protection rules and policies.
It’s not been revealed if other services such as Tinder and Spotify where users use their Facebook login details have been affected as well. What’s worrisome is the fact that Facebook didn’t fix the issue which lead to a hacking attack. People who were logged out when the hack attack happened did not receive the message while those who were logged in were notified.
Facebook announced that they identified 50 million accounts which were most certainly involved in the breach with an extra 40 million accounts warned about precautionary measures.
It remains unknown if accounts of friends were also affected as their data would be visible to anyone who has access to an individual’s account.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Facebook could face a fine of up to $1.63 billion which is 4% of their annual global turnover. This is the absolute maximum which can be imposed on the company if found to have a breach of data according to Europe’s GDPR privacy legislation.
Data protection adviser Jon Baines from the law company Mishcon de Reya LLP said:
“No matter how good an organization’s response is to a personal data breach, it is what went before that will count against it. So, if Facebook is found not to have taken sufficiently robust measures (to prevent the vulnerability), it may be held to have infringed GDPR, even if its response since has been exemplary.”