New I-Phone security feature raising concerns - WNEM TV 5

New I-Phone security feature raising concerns

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The new I-Phone models hit Apple stores in Mid-Michigan Friday but not everyone is happy with it. One security feature in particular is raising privacy concerns. While many apple users were drawn to the new fingerprint technology, others say this new feature could have unintended legal consequences.

The biometric fingerprint technology on the new I-Phone 5 allows users to use their fingerprints to unlock their phones. According to some legal experts - you can be forced to unlock it. Local lawyer William Street is alarmed.

"Rather than forcing you to give your password - we give your fingerprint and people can routinely be forced to give fingerprints," says Street.

Street says this technology can strip you of your fifth amendment right against self incrimination. For example, he says during a traffic stop a police officer might ask for your cell phone if you were suspected of texting while driving. You could be forced to place your finger on your phone, much like you are forced to be fingerprinted, if arrested.

Alexander Sass is an I-Phone user, who is impressed with the fingerprint technology but says he's not ready to jump onboard. He also fears the big brother aspect of it.

Sass says the thrill of new technology causes us to overlook what we lose as a result.

"Our rights are being taken away more and more everyday and technology is helping that," says Sass.

Street says that this fingerprint technology will be put to the test in court.

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