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#1 livinginkaos

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Posted 18 January 2017 - 12:05 PM

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, recently a judge ruled against a criminal who appealed his ruling based on the fact he was forced to use his fingerprint to unlock his cell phone during the investigation - citing his 5th amendment rights as to not self-incriminate.  The ruling found that the fingerprint itself is proof of self, not proof of knowledge - giving them full right to utilize this for the purpose of unlocking the device.  Had it been a passcode or other form of password/phrase/pattern, this may have been completely different......

 

Many devices will require you to use a passcode/phrase/pattern on the first unlocking of a device.  The investigators in this case must have been quick to act or were fore-thinking enough to not restart or turn off the device..... So, food for thought.  Perhaps a new feature should ensue in that your primary pass-"thing" should be required beyond a particular length of time?

 

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Posted 19 January 2017 - 08:35 AM

My thoughts are this is BS but I will not be utilizing a fingerprint for any phone in the future.....


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Posted 19 January 2017 - 08:43 AM

Unfortunately this set a precedence and will be used as a basis moving forward.  I really think there should be a user kill option of some sort.  An android security contact of mine suggested a pin that will wipe a device - which actually has merit on many levels.  


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Posted 19 January 2017 - 09:00 AM

Agreed that precedence has been set. I heard about this quite a few months ago and was curious where it would go. As usual, it comes to convenience over security. Like I stated, I foe one will not be using any biometric if the law thinks its acceptable to "take" that from me.

 

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Posted 21 January 2017 - 03:49 AM

Now I'm rethinking the fingerprint function. I do like the kill code idea but don't know what the ramifications would be in the court of law

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