Yesterday, a federal judge in California decided that the police cannot force anyone to unlock their smartphones using biometrics – fingerprints or facials.
But hold on. This case is far from over.
The Supreme Court decided a few years ago that, in a very narrow set of conditions that apply to very few people, neither the police nor the cousins could force smartphone users to hand over passwords.  And now, thanks to the California judge yesterday, the police officer or a federal investigator must demand access to your smartphone, they probably won't use your eyes, face or fingerprints to force you to unlock it.
But this debate is far from over. Various judges in different legal jurisdictions have issued conflicting decisions on this very issue.
So if law enforcement requires access to your smartphone, remember: This case is not cut and dry. You need a lawyer.
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