New iPhone 5S to scan your fingerprint when you use it. Perhaps the NSA will be getting Thousands and Thousands of free fingerprints with user IDs very soon.

A snippet of the transcript of

Apple’s 2013 iPhone Media Event


Here is the not so nice part

“11:03 am: “Technology is at its best and most empowering when it simply disappears.”
11:03 am: “Fingerprint is never available to other apps, and never uploaded to servers or backed up to iCloud.” 
11:02 am: Capacitive touch to read fingerprint, all fingerprints are encrypted. 
11:01 am: According to the video, the demo reads fingerprints pretty quickly from multiple angles. Can handle multiple fingerprints. “

This is from the

“The era of one-tap authentication is about to begin. Apple’s announcement today of a fingerprint scanner in the iPhone 5s brings biometrics into the mainstream, enabling fast and secure access to your smartphone while also enabling one-tap purchases through iTunes. Touch ID has already raised hopes that it can replace, or at least complement, the humble password — while also leading to fears that tying smartphone activity to your fingerprint could lead to Orwellian surveillance from the government.”



 At the same time, in an age when half of iPhone users don’t bother setting up a passcode, a fingerprint scanner seems unlikely to prove a major selling point for phone buyers. So why would Apple invest so much time and money building a feature that could be greeted with a shrug? The answer, biometric security experts say, lies in the fingerprint’s ability to serve as the catalyst for a much broader range of services



 ” a professor of computer science at Michigan State University who focuses on biometric research. “Every security mechanism can be circumvented or bypassed,” Jain said. “A lock on a house can be broken. But it is more difficult to hack than a PIN number or a password or an ID card.” Jain added that fingerprint sensors have improved over time, and have an easier time distinguishing between a real finger and a photocopy. Still, he said, “there is never going to be a foolproof security mechanism.””

“There’s also the question of how consumers will respond to fingerprint scanners in an era where revelations about the National Security Agency’s data-collection practices have come under increasing scrutiny. Apple says your fingerprint will be stored on the device and never uploaded to its servers, but privacy advocates will likely have additional questions for the company as biometric authentication comes into the mainstream.”
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