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Most Concerning Aspects Regarding The Privacy Of Biometric Data

Biometrics is considered as one of the most sophisticated applications to provide authentic security to your highly sensitive and cardinal personal and professional data. The mode is widely used in industries, banks, professional training centers, government institutions and other vital corporate sectors. The critical process involves the submission of fingerprints and eye retina images of each and every individual who contributes in a professional joint.

There are different paramount gateways where one requires getting his fingerprints scanned through an installed device for accessing any official information and data. Biometrics became tremendously popular for industrial use as two different individuals can’t have identical fingerprints and eye retina.

Some of the best industrial set ups made a superb use of the technique but as we know, there are challenges on each and every front and there is always a big question mark over the safety of immensely sensitive biometric data, which could be adversely utilized.

Security and Usability  

There was an outstanding buzz about the integration of fingerprint scanner in iPhone 5s which was being anticipated as one of the best security measures. Although Apple did not invent the fingerprint reader but the technical giant left no stone unturned to make it amazingly resonating and appealing among the subscribers. In our opinion there have been distinguished security platforms which arrived earlier for various stupendous gadgets but could not leave any mark as they failed to project a supreme blend of security and usability.

Biometric security measures by Apple

Apple has always been proactive and strict for applying the superlative security measures to keep consumers data secure. Its “Touch ID” application does not support any storage of fingerprints images provides by subscribers. On the contrary the organization incorporates a terrific mechanism to store a hashed mathematical projection of the fingerprints and it works smartly even if the data gets compromised. On any security breach the system allows to issue a new hashed index for the same fingerprints and you don’t need to bother for resetting the entire setup.

The company displays another significant trait by keeping the “Secure Enclave” isolated from the A7 chip as it doesn’t allow any different application or Apple itself to access your fingerprint images. Most importantly the biometric data is prohibited to store on iCloud or any third party functional server.

Measures by Android 

Android is one of the most appreciated technical platforms, which still requires making biometric security provisions clear among its subscriber. There has been a big buzz about the much awaited Samsung’ biometric application as a reply to iPhone 5S and the company has made its plans transparent with the revelation of Samsung Unpacked 2014. If sources are to be believed you could count on the listed traits as the best security measures by Samsung 

  • The biometric information is kept as an encrypted personal value and that too on the device only.
  • The sensitive data is never shared with any third party.
  • On the failure of identity validation there is still a slight scope of third party access.

Although, biometric data access by any external party is very complicated nevertheless there is no harm in knowing the best measures opted for security by the providers.  

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