Oh yeah! Take my fingerprint, please!\n\tApple just picked up AuthenTec for $356 million, which could result in a cool benefit for iPhone and iPad users.\n\tHere\u2019s what AuthenTec will bring to the iParty, according to SEC filings: \u201cThe Restricted Information may be used solely for the purpose of developing a 2D fingerprint sensor for Apple that is suitable for use in an Apple product.\u201d\n\tI\u2019m hoping that I will soon be able to unlock my iPhone just by touching it. Plugging in letters is a pain, and I envy Android users who make simple finger patterns to unlock their phones. A mere fingerprint, though, is even better.\n\tIf you want your iPhone to get Outlook email from work (and really, who doesn\u2019t?), the tradeoff is that your iPhone auto-locks after every five minutes of non-use. Thankfully, I can still access Siri when the iPhone is locked: Settings->General->Passcode Lock->Siri->On.\n\tThere\u2019s just one problem: A fingerprint, like any biometric, is about as personal as it gets. Should I be concerned about privacy?\n\tApple already knows my credit card number via iTunes, although I can always cancel my card. Apple knows where I go, although I can always turn off location tracking. The one thing I can\u2019t turn off is my fingerprint. My colleague, Bill Snyder, has already raised concerns that your smartphone is a spy for the government.\n\tThen again, Snyder isn\u2019t terribly concerned about fingerprints.\n\t\u201cI would assume the data is stored locally,\u201d he says. \u201cIf that\u2019s the case, I don\u2019t think there is a lot to worry about. What\u2019s more, at this point biometric identification is used so infrequently, I don\u2019t see a threat even if the data is stored in the cloud. It\u2019s not as if you access your bank account via fingerprint.\u201d\n\tIf Snyder isn\u2019t worried, that\u2019s good enough for me. I\u2019m willing to give up my fingerprint to Apple in return for a little convenience.\n\tBut I\u2019ll know I\u2019m in trouble when my iPhone suddenly snaps my picture, and Siri orders me to turn to the side.