Situations of a modern world. The Norwegian police arrested last January a 27-year-old boy in possession of 520 grams of cocaine and despite acknowledging his guilt, the aforementioned has refused to unlock his iPhone, protected by TouchID. The Norwegian authorities, unaware of the origin of the seized drugs, suspect that the device contains valuable information that would put them on the track, but the law protects the detainee in his right not to unlock the mobile.
In the end, a judge gave the green light to the police to force the accused to unlock the Touch ID on his iPhone and thus access the information he now keeps secret. At the same time, the authorities are waiting for the telephone operator to register the detainee’s calls, thus gathering all the information necessary to find out the origin of the drugs and act against the rest of the organization.
However, the authorities have come up against two major obstacles in their investigation: on the one hand the legislation that protects the privacy of the detainee, and on the other, the armor of the iPhone, well-equipped before the attack from other people’s hands. As you know, Apple has an encryption of the data that in combination with Touch ID technology as you point, make the device virtually invulnerable, if you do not have the unlocking password, or logically is the owner himself who unlocks it with his finger.
On the other hand, Apple’s position in all this matter is absolutely guaranteed about the privacy of user data. Tim Cook has manifested in this direction on multiple occasions, and the signature of Cupertino is bringing the authorities headlong, who pressure the giant to provide remote access to information in case of crime.