New iPhone technology - Is it safe?

Monday, September 16, 2013 - 11:11am

Fingerprint ID feature on new iPhone raises privacy concerns.

When Apple announced a fingerprint scanner as a security feature on its new iphone, people had a lot of questions.

Some people wondered if it's safe from hackers.

Others wondered if your fingerprints would be stored in a government database.

Dan Riccio, Apple Sr. VP, Hardware Engineering, says  "The touch ID sensor quickly reads your fingerprint and automatically unlocks your phone. You can even use it to authorize purchases through our stores."

But is fingerprinting safe from hackers and the growing risk of identity theft?

Hollywood movies like National Treasure make lifting prints look easy.

Security researcher Marc Rogers warns that it depends on how the software giant implements the technology.

Apple has clearly thought about this because the data is not gong to be stored in the cloud so there's not going to be a giant database of lots of people's sensitive information that would be a prized target of hackers or enemy state hackers.

He says fingerprinting is convenient for users and will be a boost to the mobile industry.

"It could open a really huge universe of opportunities."

New biotech mapping opportunities are already in the making.

Vascular technology uses infrared light to reflect patterns of blood vessels a iris recognition, developed by companies like MorphoTrust.

"So the goggles will go ahead and automatically look at the irises"

Eye-mapping is said to be faster and more accurate.

Roland Fournier , VP Business Operations of MorphoTrust says,  "You have fingers that are one in 64 billion and irises accuracy is you have 1 in about 1 trillion."

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