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Give it the Finger: Apple's New Phone Uses Finger Scanning Biometrics

Give it the Finger: Apple's New Phone Uses Finger Scanning Biometrics

September 12, 2013 - Apple is stepping up the ’biometrics’ game for the personal tech industry and adding a ’Touch ID’ sensor which will scan the phone user’s fingerprints to authenticate their identity. The advance is said to allow users to quickly identify themselves and make online purchases.

While scanning your biological markers for identification purposes sounds dubious and risky, don’t be alarmed - Apple promises that your fingerprints will "never [be] stored on Apple servers or backed up to iCloud", and thus are safe.

No one will be able to get access to that information.

Because Apple says so. And hackers don’t exist.

And neither does the NSA.

Apple qualified the security argument:

Apple SVP of Hardware Engineering Dan Riccio explained in the company’s iPhone 5S presentation video that all fingerprint data will be stored in a “secure enclave” on the device’s A7 processor, where it will be “locked away from everything else, accessible only by the Touch ID sensor.” Source

These claims lose their assurance when juxtaposed with this article showing how the NSA refers To "iPhone Owners As ’Zombies’ And Steve Jobs As ’Big Brother", and how the NSA has access to get all our information at any time, they just choose not to.

The iPhone isn’t alone in this, as demonstrated by der Spiegel’s article "Privacy Scandal: NSA Can Spy on Smart Phone Data", which includes the ’unhackable, military-level security’ Blackberry.

Your fingerprints and personal data available to anyone with online and surveillance power, abilities, or expertise?

Thumbs down to that.

Sources and more information:

A look at the iPhone 5s Touch ID fingerprint sensor

One of the biggest features of the iPhone 5s announced yesterday is the Touch ID fingerprint sensor that is used for user authentication. Rich Mogull at TechHive has written the definitive Q A about the sensor built into the iPhone 5s, and there are some fascinating things to know about the future of mobile security.

iPhone 5S uses Touch ID fingerprint scanner for unlocking, purchases

Following a flurry of recent rumors, Apple today confirmed that its new iPhone 5S features biometric security. Known as Touch ID, the system relies on a new home button with an integrated capacitive sensor and a stainless-steel detection ring. Users simply touch the button to unlock the phone, rather than keying in a passcode.

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( via redicecreations.com )


  • dalepoon#

    dalepoon wrote September 15, 2013 1:36:49 AM CEST

    my neighbor's aunt makes $61 every hour on the internet. She has been fired for 10 months but last month her payment was $14193 just working on the internet for a few hours. additional resources...


  • properREDeye#

    properREDeye wrote September 14, 2013 3:09:34 PM CEST

    Count me out, i dont like this invasion of privacy, gps monitoring generation of phones. People complain about the NSA spying but you enable them to expand it with smart phones and you are paying extra for the privelage of anyone with internet access being able to turn on your camera or microphone or download personal data from it. I have never felt so liberated as when i gave up my mobile phone for a few years and i genuinely felt healthier. They are handy in some aspects but this culture of conveying every daily action and advertising it for the whole world to see makes me feel nauseous, as if anyone gives a shit about your meaningless lives! ;)

  • Rizze#

    Rizze wrote September 13, 2013 9:52:35 PM CEST

    Your fingerprint can be transferred easily on to a criminals phone no problem.
    There would be an app for that in no time :)

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