iPhone 5S: heralding a paradigm shift?
27 November 2013 12:16 GMT

iPhone 5S: heralding a paradigm shift?

On 10 September 2013 the world witnessed a long anticipated event, heralding a paradigm shift: Apple’s launch of a new iPhone with a fingerprint reader underneath the home button. The use case: to unlock the phone and authorize purchases in Apple’s iStore. Literally one day after the iPhone hit the shelves, a hacker team claimed to have circumvented the biometric technology by getting the phone to accept a plastic ‘spoofed’ fingerprint.

The European Association for Biometrics (EAB), Europe’s premier organization of
stakeholders and experts on these technologies, together with its advisory committee (EABAC), welcomes the widespread use of automated authentication, with the proviso that privacy and security must be safeguarded. Biometric characteristics, unlike passwords, are personal and irrevocable,and, therefore, should be used in a secure and privacy-protective way. For this reason, we have prepared this statement.