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Monday May 02, 2016

Woman Ordered To Unlock iPhone With Her Fingerprint

It looks like some people are questioning whether or not it is legal to order someone to unlock an iPhone with their fingerprint. Although the Supreme Court has ruled that police can search a phone as long as they have a warrant and make a person in custody produce fingerprints without a judge's approval, some are saying it is a breach of the 5th Amendment's protection against self-incrimination.

Authorities obtained a search warrant compelling the girlfriend of an alleged Armenian gang member to press her finger against an iPhone that had been seized from a Glendale home. The phone contained Apple's fingerprint identification system for unlocking, and prosecutors wanted access to the data inside it. It marked a rare time that prosecutors have demanded a person provide a fingerprint to open a computer, but experts expect such cases to become more common as cracking digital security becomes a larger part of law enforcement work.