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

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[19]: wait
by jared_wilkes on Fri 13th Sep 2013 20:55 UTC in reply to "RE[18]: wait"
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You are still arguing about whether or not there is a separate secure coprocessor on the SOC that sorts the authentication data, that this data is stored locally, and that it never leaves the device, and that the original poster was wildly wrong with his questions and all of his questions could have been answered by knowing how to read... I've stated this same thing about 40 times now.

Not getting that after it being stated so clearly so often is the DEFINITION OF RTFM!!!

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