The Police And Fingerprint-Based Security

fingerprintThe Chaos Computer Club on why authorities are in love with biometrically unlockable devices:

“It is plain stupid to use something that you can’t change and that you leave everywhere every day as a security token”, said Frank Rieger, spokesperson of the CCC. “The public should no longer be fooled by the biometrics industry with false security claims. Biometrics is fundamentally a technology designed for oppression and control, not for securing everyday device access.” Fingerprint biometrics in passports has been introduced in many countries despite the fact that no security gain can be shown.

iPhone users should avoid protecting sensitive data with their precious biometric fingerprint not only because it can be easily faked, as demonstrated by the CCC team. You can easily be forced to unlock your phone against your will when being arrested. Forcing you to give up your passcode is much harder under most jurisdictions than just casually swiping your phone over your handcuffed hands.

2 Comments on "The Police And Fingerprint-Based Security"

  1. Zachary Reed | Oct 4, 2013 at 8:19 am |

    Right? I mean, it doesn’t take a genius to figure that out. But thanks anyways for stating the obvious. Most people today couldn’t see the obvious if it was tattooed into the back of their hand(not counting blind people, they never see the obvious). Too bad most people won’t believe this anyways, they are just not smart enough to understand the obvious.

  2. In the case of the iPhone, it’s more for convenience than security. It’s for those who find entering a pin to unlock the phone too much of a hassle.

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