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New technology in Apple’s touch ID could help you catch thieves

The computing device may obtain biometric information and may store such biometric information. Such biometric information may be one or more fingerprints, one or more images of a current user of the computing device, video of the current user, audio of the environment of the computing device, forensic interface use information, and so on. The computing device may then provide the stored biometric information for identification of one or more unauthorized users.

The patent, named ‘biometric capture for unauthorized user identification,’ is pretty straightforward. If Touch ID detects a fingerprint that isn’t yours, it’ll store an image of the scan as a means of catching who may have stolen your phone.

And the details about the patent goes like,

The computing device may obtain biometric information and may store such biometric information. Such biometric information may be one or more fingerprints, one or more images of a current user of the computing device, video of the current user, audio of the environment of the computing device, forensic interface use information, and so on. The computing device may then provide the stored biometric information for identification of one or more unauthorized users.

Major claims about this patent are;

A system for capturing biometric information for identifying unauthorized users, comprising: at least one computing device, comprising: at least one biometric sensor; at least one processing unit, communicably coupled to the at least one biometric sensor; and at least one non-transitory storage medium storing instructions executable by the at least one processing unit to: receive at least one instruction from at least one additional computing device to capture biometric information, wherein the at least one instruction is received based on potential unauthorized use of the at least one computing device; capture said biometric information without making said unauthorized user aware of said capture; receive the biometric information from the at least one biometric sensor; store the biometric information; and purge at select times at least a portion of the stored biometric information according to a purging rule, wherein the purging rule is based on at least one of: a given number of unauthorized access attempts; a given period of time; a type of biometric information; a determination whether the biometric information comprises a complete set of biometric information; or an amount of biometric information associated with a type of biometric information.

Check more about the patent here!

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