Blog: June 2014

Apple Touch ID APIs - The Rising Tide

As most people know by now, Apple announced at their WWDC this week that they are opening Touch ID APIs to 3rd party developers. This is a great next step for the biometrics industry, as it introduces a means to use Touch ID for mobile payments and other transactions. The implications, however, are greatly understated.

Apple’s model for protecting a user’s fingerprint is that the user’s credentials are kept securely on the device and never shared over the network. This is very consistent with the model advocated by the FIDO Alliance, and this decision now opens up the possibility for IOS devices to be used as part of FIDO deployments. While the devil is in the details (we need to learn more about the specifics of the new Touch ID APIs), it seems feasible for a FIDO client to integrate with the Touch ID sensor using the new APIs.

But what does it have to do with other biometric m...

Posted by Mike Goldgof, VP Marketing, AGNITIO


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