After being rumored and teased for so long, the HTC One Max has finally been revealed, with the device’s specs being in accordance to the rumors, along with the fingerprint sensor which was also one of the rumored features of the phone. Given that fingerprints can be used as a form of ID and sometimes even a digital signature, we’re sure there are some who are worried about third-party apps having access to it, or even the government, which is why the folks at PhoneArena decided to ask HTC about the feature. They asked if the data would be stored in a similar fashion as to how the iPhone 5s stores fingerprints, and this is what HTC had to say.
“The fingerprint data is stored in local memory. It is encrypted and stored in the system partition, which can’t be readily accessed or copied. The fingerprint data is not an actual image but fingerprint characteristics that have been identified by a proprietary algorithm. No, HTC does not have access to the information and the fingerprint cannot be used by a third party.” Hopefully HTC’s statement will be enough to appease those who are concerned about their privacy and security. So what do you guys think? Do you plan on using the One Max’s Fingerprint Scan feature extensively?