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In response to news that researchers were able to hack into the new Samsung Galaxy S5 using the device’s fingerprint scanner, Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) has written the company a letter expressing concern about the phone’s security, CNET News reports. “I am concerned by reports that Samsung’s fingerprint scanner may not be as secure as it may seem,” he wrote, “and that those security gaps might create broader security problems for the S5 smartphone.” Franken also worried about the use of fingerprints in phone authentication. “If hackers get hold of a digital copy of your fingerprint, they could use it to impersonate you for the rest of your life, particularly as more and more technologies start relying on fingerprint authentication.” Meanwhile, TRUSTe announced a partnership with the 2014 UK Mobile & App Design Awards to promote privacy best practice within the mobile industry.
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