PayPal exec seemingly confirms ‘iPhone 5S’ fingerprint sensor

“Michael Barrett, chief information security officer of PayPal, hinted that Apple and other smartphone manufacturers are going to incorporate fingerprint readers on their smartphones as part of new way to protect personal information,” Chris Ciaccia reports for BGR. “‘It’s widely rumored that a large technology provider in Cupertino, Calif., will come out with a phone later this year that has a fingerprint reader on it,’ he said.”

“This rumor has been around for a while, but it’s the first time we’ve heard an executive at a major company seemingly confirm it,” Ciaccia reports. “‘There is going to be a fingerprint enabled phone on the market later this year,’ Barrett said during a keynote address at Interop. ‘Not just one, multiple.'”

Ciaccia reports, “Apple’s purchase of AuthenTec is going to play a major part in this. It was a shrewd move that CEO Tim Cook made that has gone largely unnoticed.”

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21 Comments

  1. They had better make sure it works. Knowing the NWO, fingerprint sensors could easily be bypassed, so that your private info could be stolen, and sold to the New World Order.

          1. This was prophesied almost 2000 years ago how our money system was heading.
            The Bible – Revelation 13:16-17
            He required everyone — great and small, rich and poor, slave and free — to be given a ‘MARK’ on the right hand or on the forehead. And no one could buy or sell anything without that ‘MARK’, which was either the name of the beast or the number representing his name.

            1. It the ‘MARK’ will be the final step of the cashless society. Fingerprinting, as well as debit cards, just gets us use to the idea that we don’t need cold, hard cash, so to speak. The “MARK’ well be forced on everyone but most people will take it willingly. It will seem so handy because you can’t lose it like you could paper money, a credit card or an iPhone (on your right hand or your head).

    1. Finally, someone who gets it. Fingerprint sensors send your data to the government, so the FBI, CIA, or the Masons can have complete access to your life. I would expect this from Google’s Android phones, but never from Apple.

      1. There is an entire class of usage where a fingerprint sensor, if doing nothing more than unlocking the phone, will be a less than ideal solution: Cold weather usage.

        If there is a fingerprint sensor, I expect Apple would only use it to confirm identity for transactions. And I would guess that — in defiance of the conspiracy theorists — the fingerprint is completely local. The purpose of national fingerprint databases is to match a fingerprint found “somewhere” with a person in the database. A phone confirming the identity of the owner has no need to look up the presented fingerprint in a national database: If the fingerprint being scanned does not match the fingerprint stored on the phone, the identity is not confirmed and the transaction is canceled. Your PIN doesn’t need to be stored in a national database to confirm your authorization to unlock the phone.

  2. The problem I see in this will the mass collection of fingerprints. Good for some uses and a little unnerving that your print with data can be collected voluntary with little control over it.

    Maybe a little paranoid on this one.

  3. Did you notice the nod to Samsung?

    “…hinted that Apple and other smartphone manufacturers are going to incorporate fingerprint readers…”

    In other words, once Apple does include it, Samsung will copy that feature.

    🙂

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