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.
As people line up outside Apple stores across the country on this most holy of days -- iPhone Day, you might call it -- Al Franken is expressing concern about the security of the new iPhone 5s's fingerprint technology.

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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):

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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.

LOL.

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FrankTran
FrankTran

By the way! Now you can easy unlock iPhone locked for example AT&T carrier. Details you can find here http://att-iphone-unlock.com - this service can unlock iPhone 5S and new IPhone 6 permanent !

really
really

Meanwhile Al doesn't give a shit about the NSA spying program. What a fucking worthless tool.  

Noah Hanson
Noah Hanson

I like the fact that the 5s is listed as having a hard drive in the article.

Lisa Clare
Lisa Clare

It may have the fingerprint technology but it's only an option. You don't have to use it. I DO HAVE CONCERNS ABOUT IT TOO.

Noel Barrick
Noel Barrick

That or he just likes monsanto so much that he voted for the "Monsanto Protection Act." They are warm and fuzzy afterall

Dee Finkelson
Dee Finkelson

Don't buy it then. Simple as that. Me, so loving it!

CinBlueland
CinBlueland

Is he concerned about the NSA stealing fingerprints to add to their data base?  And oh my flying spaghetti monsters, what about laptops that already have this feature?

Joe Jakubik
Joe Jakubik

And your proof for that accusation would be?

Akiva Benavraham
Akiva Benavraham

Shut your mouth AL.Go back home and count your Monsanto money you traitor.

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