Police in the US will force a suspect to unlock iPhone with fingerprint

When Apple introduced an advanced method of authorization for your iPhone by fingerprint, the paranoid individual was expressed in the sense that the new technology only weakens the protection.

Indeed, if the password, the attacker can Snoop with a very low probability — choose the fingerprint to be much easier. It can be removed from the subject that has been touched by the victim (e.g., a glass or bottle). Secondly, it can be removed from the victim. As they say, a person can “stun, drink, sleep” and so on.

The last case in the USA confirmed that Touch ID should not be regarded as a serious protection of personal data. Federal court in Los Angeles allowed the local police force to unlock an iPhone belonging to a suspect in the theft of a woman, with the help of Touch ID sensor. The court considered that the blocking of mobile devices with fingerprint, not protected by the Constitution, therefore the people shall, at the request of the police to grant access to your device.

Police suspected the American of a crime. To get clues, the police took access to her iPhone. However, the smartphone is protected using the biometric sensor, and the suspect refused to put the finger to Touch ID to unlock. Investigators remained nothing how to obtain a judicial decision obliging the user to comply with the request of law enforcement officers. And they succeeded: for the first time in the jurisprudence of the United States, a Federal judge ordered unlock your iPhone via Touch ID.

The police have no right to hack the device, password protected, or require a suspect to unlock the device. Knowledge of the password is not a physical object and protected by law. But in this case the judge decided that the protection of data through the fingerprint scanner does not fall under the law and demanded the defendant to provide access to the result of his smartphone.

If the woman was on the iPhone set a password, the police wouldn’t be able to find his legal way, that is without the use of torture. But to get a fingerprint, probably, is not difficult. The court held that police officers “have the right to force the defendant to put your thumb to your smartphone.

Clifton Nichols

Clifton Nichols

Hi! I’m Clifton and I am a full-stack engineer with a passion for building performant and scalable applications that are beautiful and easy to use.

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