Court orders woman to use her fingerprint to unlock an iPhone

Here we go again. A Los Angeles court has okayed a warrant for the FBI forcing a woman to unlock an iPhone equipped with Apple's Touch ID fingerprint technology, reports the Los Angeles Times.

The woman is the girlfriend of an alleged Armenian gang. The court order compelled her to press her finger against an Apple iPhone that had been seized by the FBI. The phone contained Apple's fingerprint identification system for unlocking, and prosecutors wanted access to the data inside it.

This “marked a rare time that prosecutors have demanded a person provide a fingerprint to open a computer, but experts expect such cases to become more common as cracking digital security becomes a larger part of law enforcement work,” adds the Times.