Feds Can't Force You To Unlock Your iPhone With Finger Or Face
A California judge has ruled that American cops canât force people to unlock a mobile phone with their face or finger. The ruling goes further to protect peopleâs 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 Appleâs iPhone with biometrics, such as fingerprints, faces or irises. That was despite the fact feds werenât 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 âembarassingâ video of...