May 11, 2016

Can police make me unlock my iPhone if I lock it using Touch ID?

I’m not a criminal, and I don’t like to be treated as if I am. I was told by a friend not to use Touch ID because police could make me unlock my phone and go through all my private photos, messages, emails, etc. if I did. Is he right? Why would they be able to do this with Touch ID but not if I use a conventional PIN?
Based on a ruling in October of 2014 and a warrant executed in the beginning of this year, by law police can force you to unlock your phone using Touch ID but not with a PIN. Your password or PIN code is considered knowledge and is protected by the Fifth Amendment where as your fingerprint is similar to your DNA and can be forcefully obtained. The Touch ID however will not unlock your phone after it's been turned off or after 48 hours of inactivity.
RE: ... warrant executed...
Is a warrant required for the force-able unlocking via Touch ID or can it be done during a traffic stop?
@jgalt.texas Police need a warrant to examine the contents of a smartphone without your consent, period.
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