iOS device security has regularly been a concern of the government, but locking down one of Apple’s devices for the government is still fresh. Precise Biometrics hopes to have the problem licked through the Tactivo, a combo fingerprint and smart card reader for the iPhone 4 / 4S (and the iPad, in the summer). Either method keeps data inside an app away from prying eyes, and while they won’t tighten the security around the built-in apps, they do make sure a third-party app’s data meets US and international government privacy specs without having to use a BlackBerry. We’re not surprised that the Tactivo needs to engulf the iPhone in a full case to work its magic, although there’s a micro-USB port to keep it powered and synced up. It’s all a bit much if you’re just trying to make sure your list of high school crushes stays a secret, and the price reflects that — at $249 a pop, the Tactivo is really meant for agencies and companies for whom losing the data on an iPhone would cost a lot more. Still, if you’re running an outfit encouraging BYOD phone use or just really, really want your secret passions to stay private, both the iPhone case and a BioSecrets app are ready today.
Precise Biometrics’ Tactivo for iPhone, iPad locks data by fingerprint and smart card, is overkill for your diary (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 28 May 2012 19:16:00 EST.