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[liberationtech] iPhone5S Fingerprint and 5th amendment

Peat Bakke peat at
Wed Sep 11 08:42:26 PDT 2013

Are there any reasons why fingerprint data couldn't be treated with the
same concern as passwords? That is, subject to a one-way hash before being
stored, transmitted in signed payloads, etc?

I'm not sure how securing this data would be different than passwords --
and given how much unique data can be generated from a fingerprint, it
should be significantly better than John Doe's 8 character password.

On Wed, Sep 11, 2013 at 6:40 AM, Rich Kulawiec <rsk at> wrote:

> That's a valid concern.
> But I think you should probably be more concerned that it's only a matter
> of time until malware is released which grabs the fingerprint and quietly
> uploads it to someone's database.  I'm sure they'll find uses for it,
> doubly so if it happens to unlock something other than a phone.
> Perhaps this has already happened.
> ---rsk
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