Law enforcement warned: Don't look at the screens of iPhone models belonging to suspects

Law enforcement warned: Don't look at the screens of iPhone models belonging to suspects
Police and other law enforcement officials are being told not to look at the screen of any Apple iPhone model with Face ID that belongs to a suspect. A slide created by forensics company Elcomsoft for a presentation, and obtained by Motherboard, includes the following comment: "iPhone X: don’t look at the screen, or else… The same thing will occur as happened on Apple’s event." That refers to Apple's unveiling of the iPhone X in 2017, during which company executive Craig Federighi was unable to use his face to unlock the phone. Instead, Federighi was forced to type in his passcode to unlock the device.

According to Elcomsoft CEO Vladimir Katalov, if a cop looks into the display of a Face ID enabled iPhone, it could take up one of the five attempts that users have to open their phone with the facial recognition system. After the fifth attempt, the phone requires the successful entry of a passcode to unlock. What makes this a big deal is that fifth amendment rights against self-incrimination can be used by a suspect to refuse turning over his iPhone's passcode. However, the same rights do not apply to a face or fingerprint because these are personal features not given the same protection under the law as a passcode is.

If law enforcement accidentally uses up all five Face ID attempts and forces the use of a passcode to open a particular iPhone, the suspect or defendant can decide to invoke the fifth amendment and decline turning over the code to police. What happens if cops manage to look away from the screen before using up the five attempts? Ask Grant Michalski. As we told you last month, FBI agents armed with a search warrant went to Michalski's home and forced him to open his iPhone X using Face ID.


source: Motherboard via 9to5Mac

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14 Comments

1. darkkjedii

Posts: 31633; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Well...there you have it. The 5th Amendment should be amended, by expanding to cover face, iris, and fingerprints. Since those things can now be used to incriminate, self incrimination is possible. One can also simply elect to be an upstanding, law abiding citizen too.

2. Taphius

Posts: 106; Member since: Aug 20, 2018

Yeah, it needs to apply to nearly any locking measure

12. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3166; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

As long as these millennials stay home on election day, that'll never happen. Crusty old white men still have the numbers to put one of their own in office.

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 31633; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Hence Trump

15. thedizzle

Posts: 202; Member since: Oct 05, 2017

These "millennials" you speak of are the ones wanting to fix the problems. Youre thinking of the generation after them.

3. tangbunna

Posts: 491; Member since: Sep 29, 2016

2020 iphone will use TongueID just Licking to unlock the phone is more secure than your exposed head or fingers

5. Vokilam

Posts: 1387; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

And in 2021 android manufacturers will start copying.

7. whatev

Posts: 2427; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Maybe by 2021 google would have decided to keep android for themselves and become a second apple while the other oems would be condemned to oblivion

10. Peaceboy

Posts: 640; Member since: Oct 11, 2018

Sammy fans will be sad.

11. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 715; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

In 2021, Android will fight for its very existence. Microsoft will strike back hard with some kind of Windows phone which can run native Windows once connected to a dock.

14. Vokilam

Posts: 1387; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

That would be great. If windows can build a mobile device that integrates with PC like Apple integrates with mac - they may have a chance for a third mobile OS player.

9. Peaceboy

Posts: 640; Member since: Oct 11, 2018

By that time, android users will be using their asses to unlock their phone. Stop trolling and you’ll happier.

6. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

So only use passcodes. Got it.

8. whatev

Posts: 2427; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Yes, that’s the way suspects should think, I think you were thinking out loud and wrote the comment by mistake

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