Apple Wants to Store Your Fingerprints in the Cloud
Biometric technology is on the rise and companies are looking for new ways to let users use their biometric data in unique ways. Apple is one of those companies and wants to store your Touch ID Fingerprint data in the Cloud.
Recently, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application filed by Apple. The filing is related to “finger biometric sensor data synchronisation via a cloud computing device and related methods.”
One its potential uses is stated to simplify the financial transaction process, which allows user to use your fingerprint as a method of payment verification.
The tool being referred to is Touch ID sensor, which is one of the touted features of iPhone 5S and the latest iPhones and iPads. The sensor requires your fingerprint to access the device and allows users to make purchases through Apple Pay or identity verification.
Apple has mentioned before that biometric data used by Touch ID is stored safely on the A7 chip and is not shared with other apps. This data is also never stored on the iCloud.
However, this could change if the above mentioned technology sees the light of day. Storing biometric data on servers can be risky. Apple doesn’t have the best track record for security as well.
This technology can come in handy though, if we look beyond security concerns. In theory, your biometric data will be shared between your different iOS devices after synchronizing with iCloud. This will simplify the access to your iOS devices by eliminating the need to register all your fingerprints on every device you use.
Apple believes that it’s “cumbersome for users in some instances, such as when multiple fingerprints, users and/or devices are used.”
To make things work in a safe manner, users will be asked to validate their Apple accounts before being allowed to register their fingerprints.
The data will then be encrypted and sent to iCloud, where it will be stored. To use your fingerprints on a second device, you would have to verify them from the one already stored in the cloud.
Such a process can make things easier but personally, I won’t feel safe by storing biometric information on a cloud service.
Are you comfortable with the cloud storage of your fingerprints? Let us know of your opinion in the comments.
Featured Image: [AppleInsider]