This Could Be a Big Ruling on Your Phone Privacy

Judge says cops can’t force people to unlock them with fingerprints, face scans
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

(NEWSER) – It could be a big decision in the new and legally murky realm of privacy and biometrics: A federal judge in California has ruled that police cannot force people to unlock their phones using fingerprints, facial recognition, or iris scans. The ruling was first spotted by Thomas Brewster of Forbes, who sees it as a possible landmark ruling. The case is out of Oakland, where federal authorities asked permission not only to search a property as part of an online extortion case but to confiscate the phones of anyone there and make people unlock them, through biometrics if necessary.