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.