Smartphones and Police – level 3

22-01-2019 07:00

An American judge ruled that even with a warrant, the police cannot force people to unlock their devices with their fingers, eyes or face.

The judge likened the biometrics to a numeric passcode – something which people do not have to reveal under the American Fifth Amendment (an article added to the US Constitution) which is protection against self-incrimination.

Difficult words: warrant (a legal document which lets police arrest somebody, or search a place), device (electronic objects like smartphones, tablets or computers), the biometrics (a way of unlocking your device with a part of your body), self-incrimination (making yourself appear guilty of a crime).

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