Would you give Apple your fingerprint?

The next iPhone is rumored to have a sensor for thumb recognition. Is this just more fodder for the data-hungry NSA?

By Kim Peterson Jul 31, 2013 12:18PM
Credit: © 2012 Apple Inc
Caption: Apple iPhone 5Rumors are flying Wednesday that future iPhones from Apple (AAPL) might come with fingerprint scanners.

Some reports suggest that an iPhone owner could unlock the phone using thumb recognition -- a security feature that some users might welcome, as iPhone thefts are on the rise. The 9 to 5 Mac website reports that the user interface for a fingerprint-scanning system has been complete, and quotes a source familiar with the development of the new iPhone.

Some wording allegedly written into the coding for the next iPhone operating system also seems to confirm this, but Apple is not commenting on the issue at all.

But do you really want to give Apple your fingerprint? The company confirmed last month that it fielded as many as 5,000 requests for customer data from the U.S. government over a six-month period ending in May. That's more than 800 requests a month.

Those requests involved 9,000 to 10,000 customer accounts or devices, but not all of the requests were from the NSA's Prism program. The NSA appears to have gained access to some Americans' communications as various technology companies have cooperated with investigators.

That raises some questions. If a fingerprint scanner does exist, would Apple store user fingerprint data in its servers? If so, how easy would it be for the NSA to begin requesting it?

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Jul 31, 2013 1:36PM
No thanks.  It's time to start sending a message to all manufacturers that are selling us all out.  People need to open their eyes to what is happening (and has been happening for many years).
Jul 31, 2013 1:55PM
SOOOOOO NOT A GOOD IDEA!!!  I would just continue to use an app that allows me to kill the phone remotely if it became lost or stolen.  Did NO ONE read George Orwell's 1984??
Jul 31, 2013 1:51PM
With out a court order I'm NOT about to give up my prints to anyone!
Notice how more and more the government and now businesses are encroaching into our personal lives and becoming more intrusive under the guise of "safety"?  If this keeps up American citizens will be completely under their control.
Jul 31, 2013 2:11PM

Basic fact:  Those with power will abuse it if not kept under strict oversight.


We are witnessing the beginning of the fall of civilization once more.  Mankind gradually complicates civilization out of existence every so many years.


This has all played out before in the distant past.  So it begins again.

Not a freaking chance. Not going to give them a retina scan either.  As one comedian said, for the money they charge for an iPhone it better give me head on a daily basis.
Jul 31, 2013 2:41PM
They can already track your every movement with or without your consent.  The shopping malls already do it, they take your entrance to the mall as consent with no opt out.  Your face? Already logged.  Don't use facebook? More likely than not you have a friend who does, took a picture with you, posted it online and tagged your name on it.   Now they have your name and your face in a database.
Jul 31, 2013 1:51PM
Says the Apple Fan Boy:  OH, yes, Apple, please take my fingerprints, my face scan, my biometrics, and my DNA.  Please let me give all of my most intimate information about myself to you.  I'll just put my finger here for a fingerprint, I'll just take my picture for facial recognition, and for my DNA, all you have to do is get the spooge that I shot all over my iPhone screen.
Jul 31, 2013 3:02PM
Samsung has a TV that watches your eye movement to tell advertisers what you watch so they can target the ads to you.  Now Apple wants fingerprints.  A way to fingerprint millions of American who have not committed any crime for which the government can legally get your prints. another invasion of privacy.
Jul 31, 2013 3:13PM

No Way.


I will move to either a microsoft phone or the galaxy s4 if this becomes a requirement on the new iphone.


Jul 31, 2013 1:50PM
Like as  americans we do not have enough info about ourselves out there. I would not own one that had that lock on it. but that would be a personal choice, I think it would be better if them just made the phones like a credit card you call it in they block the serial number for every phone has one that is logged every time we make a call it is used how else do they track who to bill for what. i look at my cell phone account it lists the serial number of my phone on it how long would it take to run serial numbers being added to a account to see if the phone is stolen oh but wait if phones are stolen they get a new costumer and they get to sell a new phone now I understand.
Jul 31, 2013 2:36PM
People are stupid enough to buy apple products so they will gladly accept this ****.
Jul 31, 2013 2:55PM
 in 1694 the commie party took over Russia by going house taking the peoples guns so they couldn't fight back now the government here is trying to do the same with the help of big business so you will need permission to cross the street an the people have been letting it happen for years  the American people have become so lazy they just listen or read whats in the news an let it go at that until one day they wake up an find they are under commie control then it to late, why would people spend millions to get in office if not for power an profit, you should take time to stop an ask yourself that question shouldn't need much schooling to do that.
Jul 31, 2013 2:22PM
While the power of the government to secure your finger prints from Apple would be a big disincentive, many of us already have a full set of prints on file with the feds.  My question is ... What could Apple do with this information?
Jul 31, 2013 3:16PM

Wow... who knew the NSA would probably be behind this! From "protecting aginst terrorism" now down to "anti theft" of a cell phone. Yep put your finger down Apple users while I enjoy my Galaxy S3!! Theres already apps for finger print locks, all of which require all sorts of your information you have to agree to before installation! Old idea is now to be the norm for Apple

Jul 31, 2013 3:40PM
The government got all my prints when I got a gun permit so I don't know what I would be giving up. My laptop has a finger scanner I luse all the time but as far as I know the data is stored on the computer and not uploaded anywhere. I'm sure it can hacked though.
Jul 31, 2013 2:46PM

Not news. Apple bought Authentec, the Harris Semi-conductor/Intersil spin-off that developed the finger print scanner many months ago. What did everyone THING they were going to do with it? It does not store a copy of the finger print, it recognizes the programmed electrical response of your fingerprint to prevent others from unlocking it. Watch out, the black copters are outside!!!

Jul 31, 2013 3:49PM
they are crazy!!!  They have enough of our personal information,  we do not need to add to this!!!!
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