Court Forces Fingerprint Phone Unlock

John jnn at
Tue Jul 26 05:27:51 PDT 2016

On July 26, 2016 3:08:25 AM EDT, grarpamp <grarpamp at> wrote:
> A second federal judge has ruled that a suspect can be compelled to
>unlock their iPhone using their fingerprint in order to give
>investigators access to data which can be used as evidence against
>them. The first time this ever happened in a federal case was back in
>May, following a District Court ruling in 2014. The legal position of
>forcing suspects to use their fingerprints to unlock devices won't be
>known with certainty until a case reaches the U.S. Supreme Court, but
>lower court rulings so far appear to establish a precedent which is at
>odds with that concerning passcodes. Most constitutional experts
>appear to believe that the Fifth Amendment prevents a suspect from
>being compelled to reveal a password or passcode, as this would amount
>to forced self-incrimination -- though even this isn't certain.
>Fingerprints, in contrast, have traditionally been viewed as 'real or
>physical evidence,' meaning that police are entitled to take them
>without permission.

Use a long PIN for your encrypted phone. I've abided by this, despite the extreme convenience of the fingerprint scanner,  since I first read about the 2014 case you referenced..

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