The issue of whether police can compel someone to provide their passcode or biometric data to unlock their phone has been raised in Florida, NBC News reports. A Florida man was arrested and eventually cited for contempt when he refused to provide his passcode to unlock his phone during a traffic stop. While police must have a warrant to search a phone, there are no laws determining if a user has to provide the data to unlock the phone to the police. Privacy advocates are worried about how this impacts individual rights until the courts can address the issue. The Indiana Supreme Court has heard arguments on the issue, and state supreme courts in Pennsylvania and New Jersey are considering similar cases.
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