Oct 15 AT 2:59 PM Dima Aryeh 13 Comments

HTC One max fingerprint scanner data stored locally, HTC has no access


With the huge concerns over the lack of privacy these days, we try to relish every bit of privacy we can hold on it. Being spied on is absolutely no fun, so our gadgets should be made more and more secure, even from the prying eye of our own government. When the iPhone 5S was announced, people were worried about the Touch ID fingerprint scanner sharing your fingerprint data with Apple, and in extension, the government.

Now, I don’t quite see the worry in this because the government probably has your fingerprint already, but it’s still not a good thing for companies to share that information. Luckily, Apple confirmed that the data is local and it cannot be used/sold by Apple. But what about the HTC One max and its new fingerprint scanner?

HTC had a very similar thing to say, that the fingerprint data is stored in the system partition and encrypted, cutting off access to HTC or any other third parties. Also, the fingerprint scanner does not store a direct image of your fingerprint, but “fingerprint characteristics that have been identified by a proprietary algorithm.”

There you have it. Your precious fingerprint is safe with your device, as long as it isn’t stolen. Use that fingerprint scanner without fear, if it’s even useful at all. Everything else, however, is not safe on the internet.

Via: Android Community

Source: Phone Arena

Dima Aryeh is a Russian obsessed with all things tech. He does photography, is an avid phone modder (who uses an AT&T Galaxy Note II), a heavy gamer (both PC and 360), and an aspiring home mechanic. He is also an avid fan of music, especially power metal.

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  • Chris

    People are worried about their privacy but have no problem carrying around a device with GPS, Camera, Microphone that can be accessed remotely.
    Aimlessly posting every waking move and thought to facebook..ect.

    • http://www.androidandme.com Dima Aryeh

      It’s kinda strange, isn’t it? They gladly check in everywhere they go, but when the government takes a look, they freak out. The government doesn’t need special powers to see 90% of that, anyone that’s computer literate can see it. Plus, the DMV needs your fingerprint every time you get a license or something like that so keeping your print secret is useless.

      • NasLAU

        You willingly giving a company your information in commercial exchange for a service is very different than the government taking it without your knowledge.

        I have nothing to hide… From people I trust.

      • Dave Kratter

        I don’t know what state you live in, but I’ve never heard of a DMV requiring fingerprints.

        Which makes the comment in your article, “I don’t quite see the worry in this because the government probably has your fingerprint already”, very odd too.

        In all likelihood, the government does NOT have your fingerprints. There are few reasons for the average citizen to give their fingerprints to anyone.

        Unless you’ve been caught breaking the law, or worked in certain specific professions (such as the military, law enforcement, government or finance) that most people don’t work in, there’s no reason the government would have your fingerprints.

        • http://www.androidandme.com Dima Aryeh

          Here in California, they have digital fingerprint readers at the DMV. Permit, license, ID, anything requires a quick press. That’s why I stated that the government probably already has it.

        • Tangent

          A quick search showed that at least California, Texas, West Virginia, Georgia, and Colorado require them. That was from 2002 so odds are pretty good more states also do by now.

          “worked in certain specific professions (such as the military, law enforcement, government or finance) that most people don’t work in,”

          7% of Americans work for the government. Sure, not a high percentage, but that’s still a pretty damn big chunk of the population.

    • scubabum

      Agree. Folks post their daily activities, their hobbies, their “likes”, their friends & all important dates on Facebook then complain about the lack of privacy.


      • Jt

        Which is why I don’t use Facebook

    • ihatefanboys

      Posting everything, even when theyre posting about how they hate that their privacy is being threatened. Ironic.

  • Pravas

    Ohkey, Lets see how this technology heads in future.

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  • donger

    Better not.

  • SGB101

    From the reviews out, the scanner sucks so no one is going to use it, very much like face to unlock.

    Talking of privacy, all that info you give Google,then once you scan your face in, they have a full picture of you to match all that info to. They could then use your gps to pinpoint you, nsa satellites to identify you, then drone your arse with military hardware! And your worried about your finger prints!

    Once I gave over my Cc card I gave up caring about tin foil hat stuff. I’d rather worry about getting ran over crossing the road.