Apple has received yet another patent from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office today for “Finger biometric sensor data synchronization via a cloud computing device and related methods”. Simply put, Apple’s new patent is about storing customers’ biometric data in its cloud service which could be further transferred to a secondary device.
The patent, that appears to be a part of Apple’s plan to further push its Apple pay service, revolves around collecting iPhone holder’s biometric information on a primary device and transferring via iCloud to a secondary device for use in payment authentications.
The process will be backed by another security phase that possibly includes Apple ID, which user will have to pass on both the devices in order to initiate the transfer of finger biometric sensor data. Further, the first device may send a digital key to the second device for use in encrypting to-be matched data, which is then bounced back for processing.
The patent also describes the process of transferring the extremely sensitive information over local wireless links, like NFC or Bluetooth that uses the same key-based encryption. This may be a more secure process of dealing with data transfer rather than cloud, if we judge by the recently happened inglorious activities.
The new set up may also be used to pass the transaction process at Apple Pay terminals equipped with Touch ID system, without requiring the primary device which is mandatory in the present model of Apple Pay.
Apple has been boasting of the security levels of its Touch ID system since the very first day of the introduction of the Apple Pay service. As explained by the company, all the biometric data resides only on the device, and that too on a secure isolated portion of the chipset that isn’t made available to the rest of the device. The explanation was good enough for people to believe and start using the service without any sort of hesitation.
Keeping the sentiments of people intact, Apple will have to blend this projected plan into the current model carefully. Since Apple has decided to turn this rendition into reality, the act of juggling the biometric data will be worth a watch now. The patent also offers a number of options to maintain security and avoid any kind of threat that would exploit the sensitive data.
Before bringing in this technology into work, Apple will have to make a thorough scan and ensure the safety of its iCloud system , which recently got a number of stains marked on it. Recently, a hacker released a tool on GitHub called iDict that he claimed could be used to break into any iCloud account. Though the patch was later fixed by Apple, it gravely dented the trust of Apple users and others as well.
Another shameful incident saw a whole wave of leaked images surfacing the web spreading havoc among Hollywood stars. The scenario termed ‘Fappening”, took over the entire web system in seconds and garnered intensely harsh criticism for Apple.