Will the Constitution protect your next smartphone?

“More than a decade ago, the keynote speaker at a major annual cybersecurity conference strode into the spotlight and predicted the death of the password. “They just don’t meet the challenge for anything you really want to secure,” he told the audience of computer experts in San Francisco. The speaker was Bill Gates, the preeminent cyber-prophet of the day, but his forecast has not yet come true.We’ve certainly gotten closer to the password’s demise. The next frontier—devices that can detect an authorized user based solely on the quirks of how they interact with it—is just around the bend. But each new step away from the traditional password brings with it new legal complications: Will new unlocking methods enjoy the same Fifth Amendment protections that prevent the government from forcing a person to give up their passwords?” Read more at The Atlantic.

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