U.S. Police are already forcing the suspects in various cases to unlock their Face ID iPhones in search for evidence
Elcomsoft is spreading the warning in a slide presentation, telling law enforcement “don’t look at the screen, or else.” If they even look at an iPhone’s TrueDepth camera, according to Elcomsoft, they could encounter the same problem Apple executive Craig Federighi did when showing off Face ID in 2017 — a locked phone demanding a passcode.
This has been an ongoing issue now & the Forensics are asking them not to do so.
“This is quite simple. Passcode is required after five unsuccessful attempts to match a face,” Elcomsoft CEO Vladimir Katalov explained to Motherboard. “So by looking into [a] suspect’s phone, [the] investigator immediately lose[s] one of [the] attempts.”
The first known example of U.S. police demanding someone unlock Face ID occurred Aug. 10, when the FBI searched the house of a Columbus man as part of a child abuse investigation.
He cooperated, helping to build a case against him for child pornography, but initially, only a limited amount of information was extracted from his iPhone X, since agents didn’t have a passcode.
Legal Issues through which the Law Enforcement may have to Go
Courts have ruled that the Fifth Amendment protects suspects from being forced to share a passcode, which ironically makes biometric security the best legal avenue for searching for a mobile device. A number of people have already been made to unlock iPhones with Touch ID, even the dead. This is just the next step in the on-going controversy, balancing the need for encryption against police investigative needs.