It emerged earlier today that Google aims to eliminate the use of passwords by the end of 2016. Instead, the multi £billion corporation are currently investing in facial recognition software (known as TRUST API) which will enable android users to log in using their face shape, head movements and other traits such as the speed at which they type. Hmm...

Among the evidence that Google suggests the TRUST API could use aside from obvious biometric indicators are some other more grim suggestions. The android-only app will be a continuously running background service, recording your speech, touchscreen movements, searches and, even, how you hold your phone to sketch a realistic portrait of you as a user. TRUST API will then be able to compare other users to the data it has on you, presumably preventing access to anyone else who could potentially be a thief or hacker.

Notably, the service will also be opened to third parties, enabling other organisations to acknowledge and process your identity through the API. 

Now, while we all might be for a little extra security these days - and it doesn't seem long ago that Edward Snowden was still moping around in the news yelling at us all to be careful - is it just me or does this new development seem to be a little invasive?

The media has demonstrated over the years that the simple numbers-and-letters password is not to be trusted; the gentleman accused of leaking those nude photographs of Jennifer Lawrence, and various others between 2012-2014, allegedly pleaded guilty today. Maybe this is why in 2013 Apple introduced fingerprint recognition. Though, Motarolla were in fact the first company to bring forth touch recognition to their devices in 2011, Apple was the first mainstream U.S. carrier since then to use the technology.

The good thing about the API software is that it's going to be hellishly convenient to use. No need to constantly record logins and send away for password recovery codes everytime you need to access an account which you haven't unveiled in years. However, this isn't just the threat of the name of your favourite band and your birthday being revealed: Google wants access to your most intimate information in order to provide you with a service which will make logging into Facebook a few seconds shorter. 

WhatsApp's end-to-end encryption may well be what's hot right now but as the FBI have just demonstrated by disregarding Apple's, admirable, determination to protect its users in the San Bernardino case, if there's a will there's most certainly a way into your private life in 2016.

As for me, I wouldn't like to willingly provide my own personal data base of head scratches and nose-picks to the wrong hands. It's making identity theft far easier than ever before.

What do you think?