If you’ve been highly concerned or even hesitant to jump on HTC’s One Max or any other device that may use your fingerprint data to access it, be at rest, HTC assures you they have no access to it and the info will not be sent to third party companies. This should reassure many who weren’t positive how HTC was handling their saved fingerprint characteristics. Well, rest assured, as the company was posed the security question by the staff over at Phonearena and this is what the Taiwanese manufacturer had to say:
The fingerprint data is stored in local memory. It is encrypted and stored in the system partition, which can’t be readily accessed or copied. The fingerprint data is not an actual image but fingerprint characteristics that have been identified by a proprietary algorithm. No, HTC does not have access to the information and the fingerprint cannot be used by a third party.
Privacy concerns and security these days are a real important aspect when it comes to BYOD (bring your own device). Companies are taking huge risks. At the same time, bringing your device has proven heavily to make employees more productive which subsequently makes companies more productive. Well, it’s pretty clear where HTC stands on the subject and it’s a relief to know they’ve made every effort to keep devices secure from unwanted breaches while still breaking new ground. We certainly welcome the technology and the innovation that comes with it. We’re looking forward to it as new takes on the technology take off (mult-finger scan) and older methods of accessing your device fade away (cough cough face recognition, four digit pass codes and pattern unlock). Not that any of these are bad however, they do certainly have their flaws. And while fingerprint scanners are just as susceptible at the moment, the technology is swooping in at a rapid pace and could one day be the norm for all devices. Got an opinion on the matter? Feel free to voice it below in the comments section.