A district court in Illinois has ruled (full text of ruling) that law enforcement may force people to use their fingerprints to unlock Apple devices during the search of a house. The ruling overturns a decision from a lower court, and marks a significant increase in the steps cops can take to force people to unlock devices.
The ruling only applies in one particular case, with a very specific set of circumstances. Police officers had already obtained a warrant to search a house, looking for child pornography. They expected to find at least one iPad and one iPhone on the premises, and wanted to be able to force any occupants found on the premises to unlock the devices using Touch ID during the search.
- Any app that works with Apple’s fingerprint sensor will work with the iPhone X’s Face ID technology (AAPL)(businessinsider.com)
- Apple opens up about Face ID’s security (mashable.com)
- Face ID is replacing Touch ID on the new iPhone X (techcrunch.com)