As we all know Apple is a very Democratic company and donates millions of dollars each year to the Democrat party. That being said, don’t let it surprise you that the Government and Apple are working with each other to gather all users information and now including their finger print in a digital format. The thumbprint scan is government pressure on these companies to find more ways to access and collect our information for them. This can lead to privacy concerns, a flux of fingerprints into a massive database and it is only a matter of time until we see what the hackers can come up with to work around the new technology.
The new technology reads your fingerprint at a very detailed level. The capacitive sensor is 170 microns thin with 500 ppi resolution and it scans sub-epidermal skim layers. It will replace the need for a lock screen.
First, it’s important to know that, aside from being used as a pass code, fingerprints are used almost exclusively to check someone’s criminal background or to determine if the person is breaking a law based solely on who he is–they can call up criminal records or help alert an immigration agent if someone has a passport or visa issued under an assumed name. It’s easy to imaging Apple getting into this business.
Not only will this be a huge step forward in smartphone protection, it will also be a huge step forward in smartphone hacking. There’s a major risk of having servers hacked and fingerprints spoofed. But what we still don’t know is how Apple will truly deploy these new fingerprint scanners, and what it would truly be used for.
There’s little security risk from unlocking a phone via a biometric thumb swipe stored on the device, but there’s somewhat more of a risk involved with having hundreds of thousands of thumbprints stored on a remote server, especially when those are used to access iCloud, Dropbox, Google Drive, or all kinds of other cloud services. For Apple, this will surely be part of the challenge in pushing biometrics onto tens of millions of ordinary consumers.
The announcement from Apple states that the Biometric fingerprint scanner will store your credit card, personal information in order to make it easier to make iTunes purchases. Instead of typing in a password every time you buy a song or app, pressing your fingerprint against the scanner will bypass that step.
Apple could take users’ thumbprints and put them all in a central repository. Or each iPhone could retain only a local copy, which brings up far fewer privacy issues.
But questions do remain if Apple would actually share fingerprint information with law enforcement, even if only on an extraordinary basis. More important for foreign users is the significant question of whether a central repository of thumbprints could lead to the NSA gaining access to them. Recent events have unfortunately made that more than a hypothetical question.
It’s a question of storing fingerprints locally versus storing fingerprints remotely.
This ultra-thin sensor lives on top of the tactile touch home button. It will be able to read multiple fingerprints, in case the iPhone is shared.
Apple also cited research that about half of smartphone users do not have a pass code set up on their device.
One can only assume that all other smartphones who compete with Apple will design their own form of this technology and input it into their products.