2023 Author: Gordon Kinson | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-11-26 08:36
We all remember the recent events surrounding the disclosure of NSA secrets by Edward Snowden. Probably for this reason, Apple's new user identification system, Touch ID, has been met with distrust by users.
Where are fingerprint samples stored? What happens if someone gains access to the data? Many of these concerns may never happen in real life and shouldn't bother users, but an article by Marcia Hofmann of Wired sheds light on new technology.
From a legal point of view, Touch ID is more of a problem for the iPhone owner than an attacker. The Fifth Amendment to the US Constitution gives a person the right not to incriminate himself in court. The judge cannot demand from the defendant to testify about his intentions and thoughts. For example, if you are asked to enter a 4-digit PIN code to unlock your iPhone, then this is optional: the code is stored in your memory and you have the right not to provide it. Another thing is a fingerprint that is on a physical medium - your hand. The law does not prohibit fingerprinting and the removal of physical indicators from the defendant. To clarify this, Hofmann cites the following situation as an example:
Moving from codeword to biometric authentication is undoubtedly progress, but users should consider the legal side of the issue.
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