Sen. Al Franken to Apple: How Secure Is Touch ID?
Senator Al Franken recently became the latest industry watcher to raise security and privacy concerns about Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) new Touch ID fingerprint scanner. In an open letter addressed to Apple CEO Tim Cook, Franken asks several questions about the security of users’ biometric information and the steps that Apple has taken to keep users’ information private.
Franken seemed especially concerned about the possibility that a hacker could steal a user’s identity by acquiring their fingerprint. Apple has previously assured users that images of their fingerprints will be in an encrypted form and will only be stored in a secure sub-section of the A7 chip.
“Passwords are secret and dynamic; fingerprints are public and permanent. If you don’t tell anyone your password, no one will know what it is. If someone hacks your password, you can change it — as many times as you want. You can’t change your fingerprints. You have only ten of them,” wrote Franken.