Apple plans to store the fingerprints in iCloud, though promised not to do it




Apple has developed a technology that allows to sync using iCloud user’s biometric data obtained through fingerprint Touch ID. This week the US Patent and Trademark Company issued US patent describes a way to write a typo on one device, and then sync them with all other devices under one account Apple ID.


Currently, information about the fingerprint is stored only on one device. Fingerprint Sensor Touch ID, built-in Home button iPhone and iPad and designed to protect the personal data of the owner, guarantees the security of biometric data users, said Apple. At the same time registration Touch ID on the set of gadgets can be inconvenient for the user. For this purpose, the engineers have developed a method for synchronizing the biometric information between different devices.

In Cupertino stressed that the use Touch ID data is stored in encrypted form and are in the processor A8. Even with these data can not be restored prints: stored in a protected area of ​​the microchip information used in identifying a person can not be used for fingerprint imaging. At the same time, mindful of the scandal with the collection of data on the movement of users of the iPhone and iPad in 2011, Apple announced that they would not send the data from the device wherever it may be. However, a fresh company’s patent suggests otherwise.


In the case of synchronization function of biometric data, the user will need to register a fingerprint to verify your identity Apple ID. Then information about the prints will be encrypted and sent to iCloud. To use the fingerprint to the second device, the user must confirm the data.

The second gadget in this case can be POS-system with support for NFC. It can be used to make purchases using a payment service Apple Pay. Will have its POS scanner that enable it to verify the fingerprint matches.


Apple will have to prove that the developed her private data synchronization system is really safe before users consent to the storage of their fingerprints in the cloud.

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