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