1 Reply Latest reply: Sep 24, 2013 9:18 AM by brenden dv
woodpakker Level 1 (0 points)

Can I be sure my fingerprint will not be scanned by the device even if I do not use TouchID?

iPhone 5s
  • brenden dv Community Specialists (5,695 points)

    Hi woodpakker,


    If you have concerns about Touch ID, you may find the following article helpful:


    iPhone 5s: About Touch ID security



    Secure Enclave

    Touch ID does not store any images of your fingerprint. It stores only a mathematical representation of your fingerprint. It isn't possible for your actual fingerprint image to be reverse-engineered from this mathematical representation. iPhone 5s also includes a new advanced security architecture called the Secure Enclave within the A7 chip, which was developed to protect passcode and fingerprint data. Fingerprint data is encrypted and protected with a key available only to the Secure Enclave. Fingerprint data is used only by the Secure Enclave to verify that your fingerprint matches the enrolled fingerprint data. The Secure Enclave is walled off from the rest of A7 and as well as the rest of iOS. Therefore, your fingerprint data is never accessed by iOS or other apps, never stored on Apple servers, and never backed up to iCloud or anywhere else. Only Touch ID uses it and it can't be used to match against other fingerprint databases.



    - Brenden