Is Sharing #Biometrics To #Tech Companies For Convenience Worth The #Privacy Risks?; #BigTech

Is sharing biometrics, such as fingerprints, to big tech companies for convenience worth the privacy risks? At this point in time where user privacy and consumer protections against privacy, personal data abuse from companies are pretty much unregulated, the answer is no. It's not worth the risk. Strong password-protected and lock patterns are sufficient to protect your mobile device. And even if you lock your decides down using biometrics, security failures of late were caused by service providers.

New York (The Verge) — WhatsApp’s fingerprint unlock feature is now on Android….

WhatsApp has announced that its app can now be locked with a fingerprint on Android, after biometric security was added to the iOS version of the app earlier this year. Unfortunately, there’s no sign of face unlock.

The update doesn’t appear to be available in all regions just yet, but once it arrives, WhatsApp says you’ll be able to toggle on the extra security from within the app’s Privacy settings menu. There are options to let the app remain unlocked for one or 30 minutes after you unlock it, and there’s also a toggle to prevent the contents of your messages from appearing in notifications. Jon Porter/@verge

Source: verge, full story


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