24/7 Customer Service (800) 927-7671

It’s yet not perfectly clear whether or not law enforcement can force you to unlock your phone with your fingerprint, but an LA court isn’t waiting to find out: for the initially time in a federal case, a judge has ordered a man to unlock her smartp.

by • April 30, 2016 • No Comments

The authority to do this seems to be based around a blend of legal decisions. The Supreme Court has ruled that police can search your phone if they have a warrant, and that they can order you to create fingerprints without a judge’s approval. But, it is not sure that you can combine the two.

As the LA Times explains, there’s a dispute as to whether or not via your fingerprint to unlock your phone is a violation of the Constitution’s 5th Amendment, that protects against self-incrimination. Whilst a fingerprint isn’t the same as testifying, unlocking your phone may be treated that way. Even with precedent of a 2014 Virginia case (that determined that fingerprints are okay, but passcodes aren’t) working in the feds’ favor, there’s no guarantee that police can order fingerprint access going forward.

Latest posts

by admin • March 5, 2017