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Can you be forced to give access to your cell phone by police

Biometrics vs Password or Passcode?

Allowing law enforcement access to your cell phone or being compelled to do so.

The controversy in the courts is an interesting story.
One of the more interesting parts is the difference between passcode usage and biometrics. You may want to think twice about not using a passcode. Take a read of the full article in the link.
“…A Virginia circuit court ruled that police can require someone to give them access to a cell phone as long as the passcode is biometric, such as a fingerprint. That’s because a fingerprint is considered something you have — physical evidence — and thus not self-incriminating. Stanford’s Pfefferkorn said this can also extend to facial recognition.
But numeric or alphabetical passwords, on the other hand, are often considered something you know. This is where courts are divided…”


Posted by Law Offices of Pawuk & Pawuk, P.A. on Saturday, January 12, 2019

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