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Apple iPhone 5s Fingerprint Database To Be Shared With NSA

Apple iPhone 5S(Home Office) – Tech-heads are eager to get their hands on the new Apple iPhone 5S next month and evidently Apple feels the same. This is due to the fact that their latest model comes equipped with fingerprint recognition technology as an added security feature.

Privacy has become a major concern in today’s technologically dominated society. Individuals keeping up with all the latest gadgets also run the risk of becoming exposed to unresolved bugs that could leave the user open to breaches in their personal security.

Apple’s official spokespeople have maintained a vague stance on the potential of sharing their fingerprint database with the NSA. Fortunately, after hours of phone calls I was finally able to speak with an employee that could answer some of my questions.

“Absolutely the databases will be merged. This whole ‘fingerprint scan’ idea originated from someone in our Government. They just didn’t expect to be outed by Snowden, you know.” Said Tim Richardson, District Manager of Apple’s North America Marketing Department. He went on to explain that the NSA and FBI have been compiling a special database for over a year now to use with the new Apple technology. Fingerprints from all over the nation. Cold cases. Fugitives of the law. Missing persons.


The Apple iPhone 5s has back-up power so the device never completely shuts down. Coupled with the phone’s built-in GPS these features will allow police officers to pin-point the criminal so they can be detained quickly and efficiently. Officials expect to apprehend hundreds of suspects within the first months of this initiative.

When asked for a response to individual’s concerns about privacy Mr. Richardson told us:

“Frankly, if a person is foolish enough to allow something as specific and criminally implicit as their fingerprints to be cataloged by faceless corporations and Government officials… Well, you can’t exactly blame us for capitalizing upon it, can you? Personally, I believe this effort will support a greater good. Some of the folks they’re hoping to apprehend are quite dangerous. Besides, it’s not like this is covered in the Constitution.”

Richardson was indeed correct in his latter statement; We looked over the Constitution and couldn’t find a single mention of using fingerprints against a public that willfully submitted them.

While Apple and the NSA may be completely within their rights to use information volunteered by it’s customers, some consumers are soured over the idea.

“I’m old. I’m not good at remembering passwords.” Said one Apple user we spoke with. “I like the idea of easily being able to unlock my Apple device with a fingerprint. But I also shouldn’t have to worry about being tied to a string of murders I committed in the 70′s… That’s not America and that’s not freedom…”

Programmers have been working day and night to have the Apple 5S ready for release in late September. They claim the software is 90% accurate and while there are still some technical issues to iron out, they believe it’s unlikely any mishaps will occur.”


UPDATE: Apple iOS 7 Update Gives Law Enforcement Unlimited Access To User’s Personal Data


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54 Responses to "Apple iPhone 5s Fingerprint Database To Be Shared With NSA"

  1. Billy says:

    The news release said the fingerprints would be stores on the phone and not shared with apple! WTF. Now this comes out? That’s our media working with the government instead of exposing them!

  2. Joel says:

    Quote: “Apple’s official spokespeople have maintained a vague stance on the potential of sharing their fingerprint database with the NSA”

    What are you talking about “vague”?? Apple has always specifically stated the fingerprint info never leaves the phone. So if this is not the case, it’s no longer an issue of customers willingly allowing it to happen. If what you say is true, this is outright false advertizement and invasion of privacy. I find it hard to believe a company like apple would take that kind of risk.

    See this official apple ad supporting my statement:

    http://youtu.be/GJEIcUWEoVY?t=1h1m14s

    • Jane M. Agni says:

      Oh yeah, Joel, I COMPLETELY believe what Apple has to say about their own product. I mean, why on Earth would they lie?! Right? Right?!

      • Anon2019 says:

        Maybe because they would aggravate the masses and cause a huge outcry that would topple their company? The fact you’re news story is entirely biased, makes you a terrible writer.

        • Mike says:

          I could not agree more – It is very easy to tell what data is leaving an iPhone, any high school kid with a packet sniffer can tell you that. There are droves of hackers attempting to break the encryption on the phone to access the fingerprint information, there would be a deafening outcry from consumers, businesses, and foreign governments.

          This article is disappointingly inaccurate and frustratingly uninformed.

          • Yeah we know how good Tech companies are at honoring user agreements. Just ask Gmail, Microsoft and Yahoo as well as Facebook users if they knew that their data was being strategically gifted to NSA Prism over the last decade. Each company took millions to make this happen.

            Mike, go add your fingerprint to the NSA database via your new smartphone. Have fun being the NSA’s lab rat. Fingerprints are not covered in the Constitution, but your privacy is in the 4th Amendment.

            I don’t see a mass exodus of customers leaving Facebook in protest of NSA spying there.

      • Liam says:

        Try the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution

        The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.[69]

        The Fourth Amendment guards against unreasonable searches and seizures, along with requiring any warrant to be judicially sanctioned and supported by probable cause. It was adopted as a response to the abuse of the writ of assistance, which is a type of general search warrant, in the American Revolution. Search and seizure (including arrest) must be limited in scope according to specific information supplied to the issuing court, usually by a law enforcement officer who has sworn by it. The amendment is the basis for the exclusionary rule, which mandates that evidence obtained illegally cannot be introduced into a criminal trial.[82] The amendment’s interpretation has varied over time; its protections expanded under left-leaning courts such as that headed by Earl Warren and contracted under right-leaning courts such as that of William Rehnquist.[83]

      • Mike says:

        I’m sorry, I’m all for a little conspiracy theory, but this article makes no sense whatsoever. I don’t like Apple, but I do understand that a very large part of their revenue comes from portable devices and losing the trust of their clients over something like this could be fatal to Apple, which basically sells overpriced products to Apple fanboys and fangirls. If there is any way to physically access the fingerprint data, then obviously some hackers would figure it out at some point and that would result in a HUGE class action lawsuit against them.

        Also, the main demographic of iPhone buyers ? Wealthy middle aged white guys with kids ? Really ? That’s what’s interesting to the government ? Please. They’re not gonna get anything interesting that way.

      • Dee Moh says:

        Jane this is just a poor excuse for journalism and a post based fully on skepticism and scare tactics.

        The fact you replied to that ‘Joel’ guy being defensive and passive aggressive shows you know this post has no merit….. now to unfriend the clown that posted this on my Facebook feed.

    • tiny says:

      If you are gonna post a 1:25:44 video to support your case. Have the common decency to tell where in the 1:25:44 clip the information is. Who want’s to see this lame ass dude talk about their lame ass festival with it’s lame ass line up. SMH

    • derp derpington says:

      Its all 1&0s if you think that anything on a internet connected device is safe your kidding your self i know people who are already working on stealing the info from the phones so they can point out how easy it will be for the goverment to do it

    • Theresa says:

      I really don’t think the government needs to pay Apple or any other company to do their spying for them. I’m thinking that if the government really wanted our fingerprints, or any of our other personal information, they probably already have it.

  3. Joel says:

    Of course they could be lying, but why?? they pay their lawyers millions every year to make sure they don’t screw up. Then to make a stupid mistake like this? it just doesn’t add up.

    I could understand if they WERE being vague about where the fingerprint data is stored, and then hid the details in the fine print somewhere. But now, if this is true, it’s blatant false advertizing, about a very serious topic. So they just handed every customer of the 5s a golden ticket to sue one of the biggest successful tech companies in the world.

    Like I said, it just doesn’t add up.

    • jon says:

      probably for the same reason facebook and google did it.. the government pays them a lot more money than joe schmoe

    • Bova says:

      Come on, Joel. Get with the program. They know they can get away with it for the same reason they can get away with repackaging the same old phone 15 times with just a tiny little tweak here or an extra megapixel on the camera’s resolution. They have a loyal fanbase of idiots. The Crapple drones will buy anything Crapple slaps its name on. That is why they sell computers that are the same spec as other computers for 2 to 3 times as much. Fanboyism. The people see it as a status symbol. They don’t care what negatives it carries.

      This video pretty much sums it all up: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0CO5JgE_hQ

  4. jon says:

    for the same reason google and facebook do it… the government pays them way more money than the average joe does

    • Joel says:

      You honestly think the government would give them sooo much money it would not only cover a class action lawsuit from EVERY 5s customer, but also still give them enough on top to show profit to their shareholders. Not to mention, enough on top of that to offset a serious bad rep for the company?

      Once again, my argument is not why would they share the user data with the government? I realize most companies do that. My question is why would they OFFICIALLY ADVERTISE one thing then do the opposite, knowing the serious consequences. If they were going to do this, why not just leave the topic out of the ad altogether and save the headache.

      At this point, I should probably clarify that I am not a mac head, far from it. The last iphone I owned was the 3gs, Now all the phones and tablets in my house are android. The only mac I ever owned was about 8 years ago. I use all Windows computers. I’m just trying to think logically about this.

  5. Brittany says:

    Since when has America been founded on “if you commit a crime and get away with it, you deserve to be free the rest of your life” …. I think it’s wonderful idea. I’d bet money that older fellow did commit a string of murders in the 70s… why else be so specific and so worried at the same time.

    • shelli b says:

      id be worry that if it got into the hands of the government they could easily use fingerprints to frame someone else for a robbery, murder etc so they can close a case and look good while doing it. i highly doubt that would be the case or they would go to that much work but in the world today, you just never know.

  6. Corey Sauer says:

    I find it fascinating that Apple is “vague” about sharing info with the NSA, but somehow you miraculously got a “marketing” employee at Apple to reveal exactly everything that supports your paranoid point of view. Interesting how this person in marekting seems to know so much about Apple’s plans, and is also seemingly allowed to speak freely about it.

    I am more suspicious about the dubious nature of the sources of information for this “article” than I am about a corporation’s motivations for making more money.

  7. James says:

    If you have nothing to hide, why’d be so afraid with your fingerprints in the hands of whoever it is?

    • Eric says:

      That thought process leads to a very slippery slope. I also have nothing to hide but that statement frightens me a bit. Unfortunately there are many people who don’t benefit from privileges other receive (white, male, heterosexual privilege, etc). People are stopped and treated differently because of their gender, race, religion, sexual preference, etc. Yes in the ideal world we have a system that protects people from this but reality is we are all human and are have underlining prejudice. There is a rightfully a mistrust out there and that mistrust should be understood and respected.

    • Jon says:

      @James:

      Prove you have nothing to hide, James. Leave your full name, address, phone numbers and all your various online passwords here for all to see. If you don’t trust us then prove you have nothing to hide by giving all your passwords to your friends and family.

      What? No?

      Why would you trust the NSA more than your own friends and family?

  8. Will says:

    @james. Liberty should never have the question of ” If you have nothing to hide, what are you afraid of?” tied to it in any way.

  9. Peter says:

    What a pile of bullshit! This article is nothing but speculation and misinformation, the fingerprint will be stored in the hardware and remain local on the phone, so there is no way to get this information leaked to the NSA. If you read about the specifics of this fingerprint recognition technology, you will see that this has been the result of years of development and actually proves to be a major breakthrough only Apple could pull off.

    • mike says:

      no no way right not like the NSA can access your phone remotely!!! i foresee the its stored on the phone as a way for them to legally say we don’t give it to governments but to allow NSA or whomever to get the fingerprints. i look at it this way if they can turn on my gps and listen in on my calls texts and emails then for me to think they cant access my fingerprints from my phone ignorant. Im sure there’s a backdoor in that they can access the fingerprints and then just go with who owns the number to find out who the fingerprint belongs to. to think otherwise would be gullible at this point.

    • shelli b says:

      agreed!

    • notdrinkingtheapplejuice says:

      I had fingerprint recognition on my Motorola atrix in 2011. This is not a major apple breakthrough. It’s just showing that they’re behind the times yet again. Everyone is freaking out over it now because it’s apple.

  10. Brenton says:

    People are acting stupid over the new iPhones with fingerprint scan… If you have a birth certificate from the US then they have your prints… Calm down tin foil people. They already have you on file. If they want you that badly there’s nothing that can stop them from getting you.

    • liz says:

      My Birth certificate has my one day old foot print and my dead mothers thumb prints?? My finger prints are no where and Apple isn’t having them either.

    • JC Myr says:

      Where 7 billion on this planet, and only 350 millions are UNITED STATIANS! The whole humanity is not american, we dont have a US birth certificate AND we SURE dont want THE fucking NSA, FBI, CIA and all these other bullshit power tripping organisations to have our FINGER prints to be stored in the DATA based. My canadian birth certificate doesnt have finger prints, only somes toes! And this new fucking iphone 5s wont ever see my hand, SO one day your secrets agencies can put their hands on it! No shitty US spying group will come in and break the world wide rules that states that the only WAY for the police to OBTAIN a finger print from anybody needs to come with a WARRANT!!!!!

  11. Reggie says:

    Lol

    Jobs is still screwing Apple fanboys and girls after his death.

  12. Jolee says:

    Typo in third from last paragraph:
    “information volunteered by it’s customers”

    • Michelina says:

      No matter what your information is stored people.

      Do as we should keep your records clean. You won’t have a problem.

      And if you don’t like it then don’t buy it. That’s what’s great about the will of choice.

      This finger print idea should help also be around people who aren’t criminals.

      You could look at this in more just in an anti privacy manner.

      All your information and accounts are already watched. That is not Apples fault.

      Choose and buy what makes you comfortable no need to attack anyone who differs in opinion.

      Don’t hate appreciate.

      Your privacy is violated.

      Stay smart. Don’t get into trouble.

      If your not comfortable or in the right path of life then yes you may not want to become “smart phone” friendly because you may have not made smart or safe choices before causing you to be upset at others who have and can adjust easily to new technology.

      There are other companies.

  13. Natalie says:

    Damn, no more spying on the boyfriend unless I cut off his finger!

  14. Alex says:

    Whats the source of this Information?

  15. Graham says:

    It’s funny how all of the unconstitutional interpretations of the constitution conveniently totally disregard the framing statement about the general welfare principle and the will of the people.

  16. the dave says:

    Did you know NYC police officers are handing out flyers encouraging people to upgrade to this………???????

  17. Alan K says:

    Stop publishing this bullshit. Apple can’t share our fingerprints because THEY DON’T HAVE THEM. The finger print data is stored on the A7 processor chip in a firewalled portion, meaning iCloud and other data sources do not have access. I got news for you, the NSA more than likely already has our fingerprints, and if they don’t all they gotta do is waltz on down to the local DMV. There are a lot of security issues right now in the world, but a finger print sensor on an iPhone is not something to lose our minds about.

  18. AmFuzzy says:

    I’ll repeat this one more time. Just because Apple stated the fingerprint/s doesn’t leave the phone doesn’t mean they haven’t let the Government access the fingerprint data. Remember Apple is very adept at Marketing…so they are very careful with their use of words. Just because the fingerprints aren’t uploaded to Apple servers doesn’t mean the government can’t access the phone. We ALREADY KNOW the government can access your phone to listen in and do other things like pull data down from it. Remember smartphones are like any other IP device and as such are accessable remotely including the data on them….such as your fingerprint. You Apple lemmings just won’t admit this is possible….but it is. Just search for APPS that you can buy to spy on someone using their own phone. These apps are real and work on most phones. If these apps can allow such access you can’t deny the government can do the same thing or more….especially the NSA.

  19. kris says:

    Some real information :

    Authentec seems to use Bioscrypt algorithm (http://www.cse.lehigh.edu/prr/Biometrics/Archive/Papers/BiometricEncryption.pdf) which, as any actual biometrics device, only store a one-way hash of the fingerprint, thus making impossible any theft or building a real fingerprint database. Just the hash could be stored in a possible database (if exists..) and could only be used to authenticate a fingerprint by comparing stored hash with new hash of the fingerprint.

    Thus, any iCloud storage of these hashs will be secured (no fingerprint theft possible, only hash) if Apple decide to do it in the future (only stored locally today)

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