Senator asks if FBI can get iPhone 5S fingerprint data via Patriot Act
He's certainly not the only one that has questions: a number of people have put in over $16,000 in bounty money, booze, and a "dirty sex book" as an incentive for hackers to break Touch ID.
He also has specific questions for Cupertino:
(1) Is it possible to convert locally stored fingerprint data into a digital or visual format that can be used by third parties?
(2) Is it possible to extract and obtain fingerprint data from an iPhone? If so, can this be done remotely, or with physical access to the device?...
(10) Under American intelligence law, the Federal Bureau of Investigation can seek an order requiring the production of "any tangible thing (including books, records, papers, documents, and other items)" if they are deemed relevant to certain foreign intelligence investigations. See 50 U.S.C. § 1861. Does Apple consider fingerprint data to be "tangible things" as defined in the USA Patriot Act?
The last question is germane to recent discussions of law enforcement and national security overreach. But given that the iPhone doesn't store fingerprint data in the cloud, the PATRIOT Act shouldn't come into play.
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( via arstechnica.com )
properREDeye wrote September 22, 2013 2:36:24 PM CEST
Of course they will be gathering that data, it's the only reason they created that type of security. People are so naive today they are paying for the privelage of posessing their spying device. Communist Russia would have given you these free and forced you to carry them like ID, but the media have done such a good job of marketing it that we demand it and pay extra the more data collecting potential it has. The public is being manipulated on a huge scale from many angles and this is just another way to exploit us. I personally reject being watched and monitored so i will be leaving this generation of phones to those who value their liberties less than me