Court Forces Fingerprint Phone Unlock

jim bell jdb10987 at
Tue Jul 26 10:49:02 PDT 2016

 From: John <jnn at>

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. [cut]
>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..   John

There's another set of possibilities.  Usually, a person has 10 fingers.  They can presumably be scanned in two different axes (or more), and in two different directions, each.   With some additional software, some of those could be assigned to be "duress codes", designed to re-encrypt the data if the person whose fingers are being scanned wants to do that.  Further, again with additional programming, the fingerprint scan function could be automatically disabled if it hadn't been used for an extended period of time.         Jim Bell

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