#Google Will Now Let #Android Users Log In To Some Services Using #Fingerprints Instead Of A Password; #Biometrics #BigTech #Privacy

Biometrics is great for passports, government-issued identification cards, and health care cards. But not for logging onto devices and services run by private entities for profit. That is… if people have learned their lesson on privacy and corporate exploitation. Biometrics aren't foolproof. Password is the most anonymous type of authentication anyone can use, unlike face or fingerprint. It doesn't rely on any human physical attribute. Your privacy starts with you.

New York (The Verge) — Google will now let Android users log in to some services without a password theverge.com/2019/8/12/2080….

Google has removed the need for a password to log in to some of its services on Android, allowing you to use your fingerprint to sign in. The feature is coming to all Android 7.0 or later phones in the coming days.

Android phones already let you use your fingerprint to authenticate Google Pay purchases and log in to apps. What’s new here is being able to use that same fingerprint to log in to one of Google’s web services within the Chrome browser. At the moment, you can use the functionality to view and edit the passwords that Google has saved for you at http://passwords.google.com, but Google says it plans to add the functionality to more Google and Google Cloud services in the future. Jon Porter/@verge

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