The FBI has forced someone to unlock their iPhone with Face ID, and there’s no law against it

FBI forced suspect iPhone

A couple of years ago, I set out to interview every member of Congress I could find with a computer science degree as a result of the increasing clash between tech innovation and the laws and lawmakers that are falling more hopelessly behind the times. Out of 535 members of Congress, incredibly, I could find only four lawmakers with such a background.

I was reminded of that reality with word we've just got that the FBI, for the first time, has forced a suspect to unlock his iPhone X using Face ID. It happened, reports Forbes, as part of a child abuse investigation. In early August, the FBI raided the home of a 28-year-old suspect who would go on to be charged with receiving and possessing child pornography. "With a search warrant in hand," Forbes notes, "a federal investigator told (the suspect) to put his face in front of the phone, which he duly did. That allowed the agent to pick through the suspect's online chats, photos and whatever else he deemed worthy of investigation."

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