Virginia Courts Rule Police Cannot Force Users to Disclose Passcode, but Can Force You to use Touch ID to Unlock your iPhone or iPad
In a Virgina Beach Circuit Court ruling, a criminal defended will be required to use his fingerprint to unlock his iOS device, even though he does not have to reveal his passcode so that police can search the contents.
This is a very interesting case and sets precedence for future rulings. A person’s passcode is considered knowledge, therefore he cannot be forced to reveal it under the law. The Fifth Amendment prohibits forced self-incrimination. However, the Virginia ruling considers Touch ID to be more inline with giving a DNA sample, a handwriting sample, or a physical key.