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US Police Unlock iPhones with Fingerprints of Deceased

It is now relatively common for fingerprints of the deceased to be depressed on the scanner of Apple iPhone devices.

US police now use fingerprints of deceased criminals to unlock their iPhone devices

Published on InfoSecurity | By Phee Waterfield

According to a report by Forbes, separate sources close to local and federal police investigations in New York and Ohio said it is now relatively common for fingerprints of the deceased to be depressed on the scanner of Apple iPhone devices, which have been wrapped up in increasingly powerful encryption over recent years.

The article highlights that “once a person is deceased, they no longer have a privacy interest in their dead body.” This means that while some might consider it unethical, it is legal for the police to use this technique to gather evidence.

For instance, the technique has been used in overdose cases, said one source. In such instances, the victim’s phone could contain information leading directly to the dealer.

Read entire article | Yes, Cops Are Now Opening iPhones With Dead People’s Fingerprints

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