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Senator seeks answers on Samsung's fingerprint scanner for Galaxy S5

Jaikumar Vijayan | May 14, 2014
Technology poses security concerns, says Franken.

In addition, Franken asked a series of detailed questions on Samsung's policies on whether it considers fingerprint data to be part of the contents of a communication message or as a subscriber number or identity as defined in the Stored Communication Act. Knowing the answers to such questions are important because it provides insight into how the company will treat fingerprint data when confronted with a demand for data by law enforcement and other government agencies.

"I am not trying to discourage adoption of fingerprint technology for consumer mobile devices," Franken said. Rather the goal is to get companies to deploy the technology in a measured and secure manner, he said.

 

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