A California judge’s ruling might give weight to privacy advocates’ arguments in future cases regarding forced device log-ins. But it isn’t expected to change much in the near term.
Biometric locks have the same function—albeit more secure and convenient—to a consumer as a PIN or passcode. But they don’t have the same legal protections under the 5th Amendment. Here’s why.
They’re designed to prevent unauthorized people from firing them, advocates such as the Obama administration say. But are they better (and safer) than safes and trigger locks?