27-the summer inhabitant of Norway is obliged to report to the police the access to an iPhone locked via Touch ID, reports local resource Bergensavisen. The court held that the mobile lock with fingerprint, not protected by the Constitution, therefore the people shall, at the request of the police to grant access to your device.
Police suspected the Norwegian of a crime. To get the evidence the police needed access to his iPhone. However, the smartphone was protected by using a biometric sensor, and the suspect refused to put the finger to Touch ID unlock. Investigators remained nothing how to obtain a judicial decision obliging the user to comply with the request of law enforcement officers.
The police has no right to hack devices, password protected, or require a suspect to unlock the device. Knowledge of the password is not a physical object and protected by law. But in this case, the judge ruled that the protection of data through the fingerprint scanner is not covered under the law and ordered the defendant to share the result to your smartphone. As a result, it was confirmed that the user was a drug dealer.
Note that in 2014 the District court of Virginia (USA) issued a decree according to which locking of smartphones and tablets using fingerprints, unlike a password, are not protected by the Fifth amendment of the Constitution, so users are obliged on demand of the police to provide access to your gadget protected dactyloscopus.
Thus, from the point of view of Themis, personal data protected by fingerprints, are more “vulnerable”.