It also turns out that law enforcement has actually been using such methods for a couple of years already, according to a recent report from Forbes. Federal Bureau of Investigation forensics specialist Bob Moledor has detailed that case for Forbes and says that in that particular case, the fingerprint of the deceased didn't open the iPhone and it was accessed using other means.
The method of unlocking iPhones using the fingerprints of their deceased owners is "relatively common" for authorities in NY and OH who use it to access iPhones holding potentially important information, sources close to police investigations said.
In some cases, law enforcement is looking for information on the suspect through the victim's phone.
However, in other cases, fingerprints of the dead have been used to access iPhones. For instance, in an overdose case, the victim's phone could contain details "leading directly to the dealer".More news: Morning Forecast for March 23
Did you know that in the USA it is actually legal to use a dead person's fingerprints to unlock the phone they own as long as it is not owned by someone else as well? Marina Medvin, owner of Medvin Law, said that once a person is deceased, they no longer have a privacy interest in their dead body. This means that if police take too long, the window to use Touch ID has passed and they basically can not unlock the device. However, Apple continues to claim that Face ID technology can not be easily deceived and is more secure than Touch ID.
With advancements in ever-changing smartphone security, unlock smartphones using Face ID technology might be even easier than spoofing Touch ID.
Rogers also claims that Face ID only needs to see one open eye to unlock.
The Apple iPhone has become so common with both upstanding citizens and nefarious criminals that law enforcement frequently is faced with trying to unlock the devices of people who are suspects in crimes to gather evidence.