Fingerprint & Face ID are not required by law

Fingerprint & Face ID Protection: The Fifth Amendment to the US Constitution prohibits authorities from forcing you to disclose your phone PIN or password.

FingerprintHowever, this measure can not provide fingerprint lock protection or Face ID. According to the news, this may change in the next time.

The history:

A warrant was filed in Oakland asking for permission for a raid and confiscation of personal property. The warrant also included access to all mobile devices, including those that were locked with biometric data (Fingerprint and Face ID), immediately after seizure.

Ωστόσο, ένας δικαστής του Επαρχιακού Δικαστηρίου των ΗΠΑ στη Βόρεια Επαρχία της ς αποφάσισε ότι το αίτημα ήταν υπερβολικό, υποστηρίζοντας ότι “δεν περιοριζόταν σε ένα συγκεκριμένο άτομο ούτε σε μια συσκευή”.
In other words, the police were asking the a blanket license that would allow her to force suspects to unlock their devices.

Thomas Brewster of Forbes he describes why this court decision is important:

In the most important part of the ruling, Judge Westmore said the government had no right, even with a warrant, to force suspects to unlock their devices with their biometrics . Πριν, τα δικαστήρια είχαν αποφασίσει ότι τα βιομετρικά χαρακτηριστικά, σε αντίθεση με τους ς πρόσβασης, δεν προστατευόταν. Αυτό οφείλεται στο γεγονός ότι ένας ύποπτος θα πρέπει να μαρτυρήσει προφορικά και εθελοντικά έναν κωδικό πρόσβασης, κάτι που δεν συμβαίνει με τη βιομετρικά δεδομένα. Έτσι, ο κωδικός πρόσβασης θεωρούνταν πιστοποιητικό που προστατευόταν ενώ αλλά τα μέρη του σώματος δεν ήταν, και συνεπώς δεν υπήρχε προστασία από την πέμπτη τροποποίηση του συντάγματος κατά της αυτοενοχοποίησης.

Sounds logical, since the are protected by law, as are Fingerprint and Face ID biometric data used to lock a device/property.

Of course, we have to see if the US authorities accept the decision, and above all, if they respect it in everyday life.
As far as Greece is concerned, we do not know what is happening. The positive thing, however, is that at the moment there is the res judicata (if not later removed under the pressure of the secret services).

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