It’s a frosty day in the devil’s dungeon when a hardcore liberal raises questions normally reserved for the likes of Rand Paul. In the excitement surrounding the release of Apple’s new mobile operating system, iOS7, and the launch of their new handsets (iPhone 5S and 5C), many Americans seem uninterested in a potential privacy and security flaw built in to the new iPhone 5S. It was ultra-liberal Senator Al Franken from Minnesota who was the first to question the new fingerprint reader on the latest iteration of Apple’s mobile phone.
If you recall the beginning of the summer when Edward Snowden leaked information about surveillance the NSA was conducting, it was those on the far right who pushed back with the most force. Rand Paul and conservatives and libertarians everywhere were outraged at the allegations. For them, the government being able to eavesdrop on their phone calls was unimaginable, and blatantly unconstitutional. While their concerns have merit, it is ironic that conservative pundits are not sounding off on this potential issue. Rather, it is the far left that is raising concerns of privacy.
On the newly-released iPhone 5S, the home button now features an embedded fingerprint identity scanner, something Apple is calling Touch ID. Apple’s website describes the new feature as a “convenient and highly secure way to access your phone.” A user can use their fingerprint to unlock the phone, as well as authorize purchases across the Apple ecosystem – in the iTunes Store, App Store, and iBooks Store. To enable this functionality, users go through a simple process to “teach” their iPhone what their fingerprint looks like.
Apple big-wigs made a point to clarify that the fingerprint data for users is stored within the iPhone’s processor, and is never uploaded or stored in the cloud or anywhere else off of the iPhone itself. Theoretically, this could make the iPhone 5S one of the most secure phones on the market. There’s no way for a hacker to guess or reproduce your fingerprint, without of course severing your fingertip. (At that point, are you really concerned about your iPhone staying locked?)
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