A Circuit Court judge in Virginia has ruled that fingerprints are not protected by the Fifth Amendment, a decision that has clear privacy implications for fingerprint-protected devices like newer iPhones and iPads.
According to Judge Steven C. Fucci, while a criminal defendant can’t be compelled to hand over a passcode to police officers for the purpose of unlocking a cellular device, law enforcement officials can compel a defendant to give up a fingerprint.
A passkey is a passkey is a passkey.
But for now, as things stand today, if your cellphone (or anything else) uses a fingerprint scanner to unlock it, well, sucks to be you because you can be compelled to allow the use of your finger for that purpose.
Slowly but surely we are having what’s left of the Constitution turned into toilet paper.