Apple granted patent for iCloud-based fingerprint storage and cross-device synching

Apple recently announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has granted its patent application for an iCloud-based fingerprint storage and cross-device syncing solution, a system that could potentially eliminate manually setting up Touch ID and power next-generation Apple Pay-enabled POS terminals, according to a report by Apple Insider. In the patent application, entitled “Finger biometric sensor data synchronization via a cloud computing device and related methods,” Apple details how fingerprint data may first be gathered on a primary device

Top biometrics news stories, week ending September 7

Here’s a recap of most popular and noteworthy biometrics industry news that appeared on BiometricUpdate.com this past week. Biometrics Week in Review: iCloud hack, Delta ID raises $5M, Mastercard branded biometric ID card, mobile app guidelines, Synaptics, Huawei Alipay parnership, ImageWare, Qualcomm patent application, interview with LifeBEAM CTO and a guest post by Steve Cook. Biometrics could prevent ‘celeb porn’ hacking incidents – By combining Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint reader technology with a passcode for iCloud access, users should be

Biometrics could prevent ‘celeb porn’ hacking incidents

Biometrics could be the ideal tool to protect private consumer data in the cloud. In the wake of an iCloud security flaw that allowed the theft of nude photos last weekend of Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, Kirsten Dunst and several other female actresses and musicians, Apple should consider integrating biometric authentication into its next iteration of iCloud security. Authentication is the process of validating users, ensuring that they are who they say they are. Solutions range from traditional alphanumeric username