Apple has recently been granted a patent for Touch ID related technology. Apple’s Touch ID is already a useful privacy and security feature but this patent could help catch Apple iPhone thieves.
The new patent described as ‘Biometric Capture for Unauthorized User Identification’ in the USPTO patent application, captures the fingerprints and potentially photo, video, and audio of individuals trying to unlock an iPhone multiple times. The information captured could help users get back their stolen iPhones.
Patent abstract: ‘A computing device may determine to capture biometric information in response to the occurrence of one or more trigger conditions. The trigger condition may be receipt of one or more instructions from one or more other computing devices, detection of potential unauthorized use by the computing device, normal operation of the computing device, and so on. The computing device may obtain biometric information and may store such biometric information. Such biometric information may be one or more fingerprints, one or more images of a current user of the computing device, video of the current user, audio of the environment of the computing device, forensic interface use information, and so on. The computing device may then provide the stored biometric information for identification of one or more unauthorized users.’