Your Phone Belongs to the Law

"Your Phone Belongs to the Law"

A new era in digital security with Apple’s security improvement.

We are living in the digital world, and we are all adapting the best we can. And we are not the only ones. Since 2014, your phone belongs to the Law. Confused? If you have yet to find out, you should know that judges can sign warrants authorizing policemen to gain access to the information stored on your phone.

With Apple’s security improvement, the fingerprint reader announced in 2013, came a new era in digital security. Your phone is indeed well protected against bad-doers, but what if you are one of them? Law enforcement can gain access to the information stored on your computer and your tablet, and it can surely find its way through your encrypted iPhone.

Such event took place no more than a year after Apple’s big security launch. Paytsar Bkhchadzhyan, a woman involved with a member of an Armenian gang, was forced to place her thumb on the Touch ID of her phone. Only forty-five minutes after the sentencing of the woman accused of identity theft, the judge signed the warrant that permitted law officers to search her phone. And it is not a singular case. For example, in the case of the San Bernardino shooting, the FBI paid to bypass the security of the iPhone used by one of the shooters.

Even though The Fifth Amendment protects the citizens from self-incrimination, and stops the government from finding out passcodes or PINs, fingerprints are incriminating. It is because we are talking about a biometric indicator, that it is perfectly legal for the government to obtain such evidence and use it in a court of law.

Being such a sensitive subject for some people, the question asked now is “How do we protect our information?”. Although iPhone’s fingerprint reader is a state-of-the-art solution when it comes to digital security, we might just have to learn to reuse PINs. But it does come with a cost. Short PINs can be decrypted easily and long ones will get on your nerves if you have to check your phone frequently. So keep in mind that your phone belongs to the law and the law will surely find its way through all the traps that the citizens place willingly, or not, against it.