Open letter to Authentec (c/o of Apple)

Hi!

I was thrilled to see that I’ve got the possibility to download and
use Authentec’s solutions with my new HP laptop.

The laptop has got a fingerprint module and I googled around the net to
find the Downloads section for your software!

One question, which actually consists of a couple of sub-points:

according to EFF’s “Who’s got your back 2013” list about privacy and corporate
policy towards snooping, Apple got really low (1 star) score. What
about AuthenTec now, as part of Apple?

The link below leads to this EFF privacy research results page:
https://www.eff.org/who-has-your-back-2013

The question(s):

Can you comment specifically on…

  • how my fingerprint data is used
  • where it is stored, and in what kind of format
  • is there any possibility that the fingerprint data itself or
    derivatives of it are used by governmental security department with
    the consent of Apple or AuthenTec?
  • what features of the fingerprint are stored? Is it a one-way hash,
    or actual raw data?
Thanks,
/Jukka Paulin
Hacker
Partially a (former) PRiVacy Geek
Linux enthusiast
Human bean
Possible future Apple user

Published by jukkasoft

Me: a code enthusiasta, technology optimist, but also a realist. In my blog something like 80% of the articles are technology related - mostly in English and Finnish. I like to envision and ponder about things, how life could be, what we are doing wrong today, and so on. "Invented" a facebook -like system in 2000, as a short product pamphlet. Haven't yet realized the 20+ ideas that might have become big things. Maybe learning this skill one of these days!

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