Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 18th Aug 2017 10:41 UTC

Apple is adding an easy way to quickly disable Touch ID in iOS 11. A new setting, designed to automate emergency services calls, lets iPhone users tap the power button quickly five times to call 911. This doesn't automatically dial the emergency services by default, but it brings up the option to and also temporarily disables Touch ID until you enter a passcode. Twitter users discovered the new option in the iOS 11 public beta, and The Verge has verified it works as intended.

It's sad that we live in a world where our devices need features like this, but I commend Apple for doing so.

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RE[5]: What?
by Drumhellar on Fri 18th Aug 2017 20:00 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: What?"
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Can't iPhones already make emergency calls without unlocking them? I thought phones were required to be able to do this.

I fail to see how exactly is it different to force someone to unlock the phone with their finger and to force them to unlock the phone using passcode.

There is a significant difference. As it stands in the US at least, 5th amendment protections against self incrimination don't apply to physical gestures, so the police can force you to press your finger to the TouchID sensor.

In the case of passwords, it's different (And the constitutional aspects aren't settled).

Courts have gone both ways on whether a person can be compelled to reveal a password, and where the limits are. Whatever the answer is, it isn't "Always" or "Never".

So far, it seems that courts can compel a person to reveal a password (And hold them in contempt if they don't) if they can show that the person does indeed own or otherwise have access to the phone in question.

The 5th amendment often gets sidestepped, because prosecutors generally can't use the person's knowledge of the password (when compelled to reveal it) to connect the person to the evidence on the phone - i.e. the defense can still try to argue that whatever incriminating evidence on the phone is there without knowledge of the defendant, and the prosecutor can't use the person's knowledge of the password to refute this argument - they have to do so with other means.

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