Apple new patent reveals storage of Fingerprints on Cloud


As expected 2016 will be another revolutionary year for Smartphone Technologies. Most of the companies like Xiaomi, Oneplus, Yureka, Micromax, Intex will concentrate on creating low end Mobiles, on the other side, we will see the high end smartphones from Samsung, Apple and LG.

Apple has already started 2016 with a revolution : upload your , your family and friends fingerprints on the cloud and downloaded it to another iPhone.

Entitled “Biometric Finger Sensor Data Synchronization via A Cloud Computing Device And Related Methods”, the patent would be unique in its ability to store and share information related to fingerprints.

One negative point appears here, what if your data is compromised on cloud, or some one gets access to your cloud, the patent seems to go against Apple safety regulations.

Earlier In September 2013, when this type of Technology was deployed, Apple insisted that it never stores the fingerprints on an individual. Rather, the company stated that the Touch ID would simply generate a “mathematical representation” of the fingerprint, and then compare it with the fingerprint data stored on your device, and unlock the device. And even this information is not stored locally on the iPhone.

With the current security policy, which was amended in November this year, it states : “the secure enclave is completely independent of the other components of the chip and other features of iOS. So iOS and any other application will never have access to data relating to fingerprints, and these are not stored on Apple servers, or saved to iCloud or elsewhere “.

No worries, with the new patent on the move, Apple may reconsider its earlier security Policy ? or, may not. As Slashgear highlighted, the patent does not suggest that Apple will store pictures of your fingerprint. Rather, it may be just a teaser for “biometric data”. the patent indicates that “in some implementations, the first processor can encrypt data registration and / or account data using an encryption algorithm before adding, if desired “. All this to say that you might need your Apple ID before being able to access these biometric data.

Let’s wait and watch, how the things shape up in Bio-metric security.

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