Apple is taking one more step to protect customer privacy with the latest iOS update. The iOS update will improve the ID fingerprint unlocking to protect users’ data from any intruder, including the police.
A Closer Look At The iOS Update
iOS11 users will be able to quickly lock their phones by changing the Touch ID locking system with a secret password. One user announced the new feature on Twitter and so far, most reactions to the iOS update have been positive, although Apple users will have wait to access the feature until this fall.
The iOS update simplifies things for any iPhone owner who needs to cancel the Touch ID unlocking system in seconds. Tap the phone’s Home button five times and your iPhone won’t recognize your fingerprint for screen unlock, going back to the password-only system.
This new feature will also allow a fast dial for 911, for people who find themselves in danger.
Not So Popular With The Police
The new iOS11’s feature protects users both from attackers and the authorities. If you’re forced to hand over your phone, quickly tap the button five times and no police officer will be able to get your data without a warrant.
Authorities need a warrant to search your phone, and they can’t force you to give them the password, according to the 5th Amendment, although many judges are ready to sign a warrant that allows the police to put your finger on the screen and unlock your phone.
Users have already dubbed the iOS11’s new feature a “cop button”, as it’s useful when you want to protect yourself from law enforcement authorities.
The iOS update is also good for protesters and those who need to cross the border. The number of searches on digital devices without a warrant has doubled with President Trump in the White House. Having your phone secured both with Touch ID and secret password can help you protect all the data and digital information you keep on your phone.
Apple seems to have taken its mission seriously to protect customers against any type of abuse, including when coming from authorities. The dispute between the tech giant and the FBI on cracking an encrypted iPhone opened a new debate on data privacy and how important it is to protect our lives and personal information.
The iOS update will soon include facial recognition technology to substitute the Touch ID unlocking system, which is expected to make things even more difficult for intruders who wish to scan your phone.