[ARTICLE & VIDEO] Can Your iPhone Thumbprint Be Used Against You?

FingerprintThis very interesting post by the Wall Street Journal discusses whether police can force a suspect to unlock their iPhone using their fingerprint, something that is far more difficult to do today for phones that use a password, as police must currently ask the individual arrested for their password to access their phone. Police already collect arrestees’ fingerprints as the Supreme Court has ruled that law enforcement does not need a search warrant to obtain fingerprints. It isn’t hard to imagine a scenario where someone could be forced to put their thumbprint down to unlock a phone. Moreover, use of a thumbprint to unlock a phone could help police establish who was using the phone at a given time.