Yesterday, a federal judge in northern California ruled that the police could not force anyone to unlock their smartphones using biometric data – fingerprints or facial figures.
But Hold. This case is far from over.
The Supreme Court ruled a few years ago that in very tight conditions, which apply to very few people, neither the police nor the federal authorities can force smartphone users to pass passwords.
Now, thanks to the California judge yesterday, if the police officer or federal investigator asks for access to your smartphone, they may not be able to use the eyes, face or fingerprints to force you to unlock it.
is far from the end. Different judges in different jurisdictions issue contradictory decisions on this issue.
So, if law enforcement authorities require access to your smartphone, remember: this case is not cut and dry. You need a lawyer.
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