Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 11th Sep 2013 22:16 UTC
Apple

Apple's new iPhone 5S, which comes with a fingerprint scanner, won't store actual images of users' fingerprints on the device, a company spokesman confirmed Wednesday, a decision that could ease concerns from privacy hawks.

Rather, Apple's new Touch ID system only stores "fingerprint data", which remains encrypted within the iPhone's processor, a company representative said Wednesday. The phone then uses the digital signature to unlock itself or make purchases in Apple's iTunes, iBooks or App stores.

In practice, this means that even if someone cracked an iPhone's encrypted chip, they likely wouldn't be able to reverse engineer someone's fingerprint.

This seems relatively safe - but then again, only if you trust that government agencies don't have some sort of backdoor access anyway. This used to be tinfoil hat stuff, but those days are long gone.

I dislike the characterisation of privacy "hawks", though. It reminds me of how warmongering politicians in Washington are referred to as 'hawks", and at least in my view, it has a very negative connotation.

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RE[3]: wait
by jared_wilkes on Thu 12th Sep 2013 04:14 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: wait"
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I don't see any reporting that is unclear, inconsistent, or ambivalent about there being a dedicated processor on the A7 SOC that stores the data necessary to identify enrolled fingerprints — locally and encrypted. And that this data never leaves the phone.

If you are interested in Touch ID and have questions, RT the MFing metaphorical manual. Read what Thom wrote, read the source article, read Apple's web site, watch the keynote, watch the 5S video.

The parents questions are answered. His speculation is baseless.

Are there any number of unanswered questions? Absolutely. Do I trust anyone? No way. But start with a little self-education then ask an interesting question.

Edited 2013-09-12 04:14 UTC

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