In case most of y’all haven’t heard, Apple recently introduced a Fingerprint Scanning feature for the iPhone 5s. In think it’s safe to assume that moving forward all Apple devices will have this fingerprint scanning feature built-in. The idea behind this new feature is to make the iPhone safer and prevent any unauthorized access to the device. As such, if the Touch ID is Enabled, no one but the owner of the iPhone will be able to access it; which is all fair and good on the surface, but there are some serious unintended consequences.
Although Apple is marketing the feature as an increased layer of security for your iPhone, we all know that isn’t the only purpose that the Touch ID Fingerprint Scanner will serve. Not to go all Conspiracy Theorist here, but didn’t we just learn that our beloved Government is Spying on us? Monitoring our every move and digital footprints? So what’s to say that this isn’t just some elaborate scheme to voluntarily collect fingerprints without the users knowledge and possibly in the future, DNA, so that they strip us off whatever shred of privacy we think we still have. It’s certainly possible.
The other unintended consequence of this Fingerprint Scanner, aside from the obvious Spying angle, is that we leave ourselves exposed to Identity Theft; the possibility that someone can literally steal our entire Identity right down to the Fingerprints. I’m not saying it will happen, but it’s certainly possible.
I’m of the belief that every action has its consequences. Sometimes the consequences are Good, sometimes they’re Bad; but there are Consequences. The fact that someone created this technology, means that someone out there can break it. We see this all the time. Hackers just waltz into “Highly Secure” servers and steal important information, without even leaving a trace. It happens. The only difference is, you can change a stolen Password; how the ‘F’ do you change a stolen Fingerprint. That’s something to think about, before we get carried away in mass euphoria, and adopt a technology before fully understanding it.
In conclusion, I’ll just say this:
I’m a huge believer in Technology and Innovation. I believe Technology should be used to simplify our lives; not complicate it. I’m sure a Great American company like Apple understands this, and hopefully has considered all possibilities, before making this technology available to the public. Our responsibility as consumers is to understand the Technology and make informed decisions.