Feds Can't Force You To Unlock Your iPhone With Finger Or Face
A California judge has ruled that American cops canâ€™t force people to unlock a mobile phone with their face or finger. The ruling goes further to protect peopleâ€™s private lives from government searches than any before and is being hailed as a potentially landmark decision.
Previously, U.S. judges had ruled that police were allowed to force unlock devices like Appleâ€™s iPhone with biometrics, such as fingerprints, faces or irises. That was despite the fact feds werenâ€™t permitted to force a suspect to divulge a passcode. But according to a ruling uncovered by Forbes, all logins are equal.
The order came from the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in the denial of a search warrant for an unspecified property in Oakland. The warrant was filed as part of an investigation into a Facebook extortion crime, in which a victim was asked to pay up or have an â€śembarassingâ€ť video of...