Law enforcement agencies in the United States can’t require suspects to unlock their smartphones using a biometric scan of fingerprint, face or iris. It is reported by Forbes with reference to the decision of the court of California.
The reason for the prohibition was a case in which criminals were blackmailing users of Facebook and demanded money from them under threat to publish compromising videos with them. Investigators demanded the court to open access to their accounts.
According to the judge Candace Westmore, such a requirement violates the fifth amendment to the U.S. Constitution, according to which one cannot force suspects to incriminate themselves. Now investigators will have to seek other ways of finding evidence.
While earlier in American jurisprudence, there existed a paradox: the investigators could not demand that suspects text and numeric password from the gadget, however, the biometric data, this prohibition did not apply. In 2016, the FBI, with the permission of the court demanded Apple to unlock iPhone terrorist Sayed Farouk, who is in the building of center for people with disabilities killed 14 people in San Bernardino.
The police destroyed the criminal on the spot.
Then Apple refused to comply with the requirements of the authorities, citing the privacy of every Apple customer.
In the end, the security forces have found their own way to unlock the phone of a terrorist.
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