“Yes, compelling someone to reveal information on how to decrypt data is compelling testimony from that person. But obtaining information from a person’s mind is not what happens when agents pick a finger to apply to the sensor.”
—Judge Edmond E. Chang, qtd. in In re A white Google Pixel
2019 began with digital privacy activists rejoicing an apparent victory with a decision handed down by the United States District Court of Northern California. The case concerned whether or not law enforcement had the authority to compel a person to unlock a seized phone.
Police had applied for a search and seizure warrant