Al Franken has concerns about iPhone 5s's fingerprint technology
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|The line outside Uptown's Apple Store just before 9 this morning.|
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Instead of using an old-fashioned passcode, a feature allows users to unlock the phone with their own fingerprint. That sounds pretty cool, but what happens if your fingerprint information is hacked? And what does Apple plan to do with that data?
Yesterday, Franken, chair of the Senate's Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law, wrote a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook outlining those concerns and asking for responses to a handful of questions about the fingerprint technology. Here's an excerpt (read the whole letter here):
According to a WCCO report, Apple officials say users are protected against fraud because their fingerprints are stored through encryption and would only be stored on the device's hard drive, not on servers.
Meanwhile, David Brauer did a bit of reporting from outside Uptown's Apple Store yesterday afternoon, where people were already lined up (!) to buy the iPhones that didn't go on sale until the store opened today.
Christopher, first guy in line at the Uptown Apple store. Getting a 64gb iPhone 5s ... 18 hours from now. pic.twitter.com/UVTxNLcg4U-- David Brauer (@dbrauer) September 19, 2013
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