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First Forced Facial ID: FBI Makes Suspect Unlock iPhoneX

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FBI agents made a suspect unlock his smartphone using facial recognition. (Olena Ostapenko/Dreamstime.com)

By    |   Monday, 01 October 2018 12:16 PM

The first forced facial recognition case was confirmed after FBI agents made a suspect unlock his iPhoneX during a child abuse investigation, Forbes reported Sunday.

The incident took place on Aug.10, when feds showed up on 28-year-old Grant Michalski's doorstep in Columbus, Ohio, with a warrant to unlock his phone through facial recognition.

According to an affidavit, there were various items of interest to the investigation, including conversations about the abuse of minors and emails in which Michalski discussed sex with minors and incest with another defendant William Weekley.

Investigators were only able to pull some data from the iPhone as they did not have Michalski's passcode, however, special agent David Knight noted that the Columbus Police Department and the Ohio Bureau of Investigation have "technological devices that are capable of obtaining forensic extractions from locked iPhones without the passcode," according to Forbes.

There has been a long-standing tussle between technology firms and law enforcement authorities over data privacy and access remains, CNBC reported.

This came to light in wake of the 2015 San Bernardino attacks, which resulted in 14 deaths and 22 injuries.

Since then a legal battle has arisen between Apple and the FBI over access to the iPhone used by the shooter.

Law enforcements argued that Apple's encryptions made it harder for them to solve cases, however technology firms insist that these encryptions protect user data from hackers.

Apple addressed the controversial topic in a statement released in 2016.

"From the beginning, we objected to the FBI's demand that Apple build a backdoor into the iPhone because we believed it was wrong and would set a dangerous precedent," the tech giant said. "As a result of the government's dismissal, neither of these occurred."

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