US senator voicing “concerns” about apple touch ID.

A US senator wrote a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook, voicing concerns about the security and privacy aspects of this new technology.

Unfortunately, the letter also reads as one big “we have grave concerns that the government will not be able to access this fingerprint data”.

The senator starts off like a good (oxymoron) politician, citing concerns about the security and privacy of this technology, but then goes on to ask Cook to explain under what type of data this fingerprint data would fall, and therefor if it would be something they would have to hand over to law enforcement officials. Tipping the old hand quite obviously there, one would say.

Normally, you could easily yell “conspiracy theory!”, shrug, and move on with your lives. However: there is a wide range of devices on the market today, sporting fingerprint ID sensors, like laptops from well known brands, that did not have to divulge such information, and where not targeted by a senator with ‘concerns’.

That raises the following conclusions, for your consideration:

      Said devices are easily penetrated by law enforcement, and fingerprint data snatches
      Said technology is so clunky and useless, it will never adopt mainstream use, and therefor will not be a threat to a noses government
      Apple made something which is reasonably expected to become very popular, very wide spread in use, and is also bloody secure and will therefor seriously thwart the efforts of an extremely nosey and voyeuristic USA government. Not just inside the USA, but also in everything every honest, law abiding citizen of everyone of their so-called ‘allies’ does.

Steve Jobs : 1955 – 2011

In memoriam, Steve Jobs, 1955 – 2011

Apple has used the following text on more then one occasion, and I think it sums up Steve Jobs like few other texts could:

Here’s to the crazy one. The misfit. The rebel. The troublemaker. The round peg in the square holes. The one who see things differently. He was not fond of rules. And he had no respect for the status quo. You can quote him, disagree with him, glorify or vilify him. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore him. Because he changed things. He pushed the human race forward. And while some may see him as the crazy one, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.

– Apple Inc.

my friend Marjolein also sums it up quite beautifully in her blogpost.