iPhone 5S fingerprint tech provokes privacy concerns

12/09/2013

IPhone 5S Fingerprint Tech Provokes Privacy Concerns

The big news when Apple unveiled its brand new flagship mobile phone was the integration of fingerprint technology. However, it seems that the Touch ID sensor has people concerned about the security of the iPhone 5S.

Apple isn't new to this smartphone game and predicted that various conspiracy theories would emerge about the company trying to store fingerprints. 

The company spoke to the Wall Street Journal to make it clear that the data will be encrypted on the A7 processor in the device itself. This means it won't ever go near Apple's servers or iCloud and the Cupertino company added that the technology won't be available to third party applications.

Fingerprint technology was revealed at the firm's event on September 10th and has its drawbacks. It's possible that the scanner won't be able to read your fingerprint if your digits are wet or sweaty and if you've had injury to your fingers or they have scarring.

However, in these instances you will be able to enter the four-digit passcode as Apple insists that this won't be removed. Only the numbers will work after a reboot or 48 hours of inactivity.

Posted by Simon Thomas

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