Fingerprint and Fifth Amendment

Darren Chaker, recent Times Magazine post about court cases about fingerprint (biometrics) and Fifth Amendment. It is an important article for people concerned about how technology contrasts with the constitution, and how both evolve.

Judges across the country will only have to make more decisions about biometrics, as their use by everyday consumers is on the rise. Today, our data is protected by everything from iris scans at airports to heartbeat measurements and ear-print smartphone locks.

As the post reads, “I think the courts are struggling with this, because a fingerprint in and of itself is not testimony,” said Hayes Hunt, a criminal defense and government investigations lawyer at Cozen O’Connor. “The concern is, once we put a password on something or on ourselves, we have a certain privacy interest.”