Apple’s new iPhone 5S fingerprint scanner has just come up against some laws that protect the rights of the individual (even if he or she is a criminal). Its fingerprint authentication makes a travesty of the 5th Amendment that is enshrined in the Constitution of the United States of America.
A lot of banter and badinage has been going on regarding Apple’s new iPhone 5S that features a fully functional fingerprint biometric ID system. There are even rumors that the NSA may have some use for this sort of vital personal data. Yet the fact remains that were some hacker to steal your fingerprint you would be left in a lurch since you can’t change your fingerprint.
However, there are more important concerns that have cropped up. One of the most urgent is that this system of authentication flies in the face of the 5th Amendment.
According to this crucial law laid down in the constitution, no one can force anyone else to self-incriminate themselves. But if you were tortured or even forced to hand over encrypted data (in this case a fingerprint) then what is to become of the law and justice in particular. It will be mocked openly for contradicting itself.
The fact of the matter is that nobody can twist anyone else’s arm behind his back so as to reveal the contents of the victim’s mind. If allowed, this procedure would take us back to the days of the Inquisition. Therefore, all biometrics carry the danger of contradicting the 5th Amendment.