While officials do not have the right to force a suspect to unlock his or her device, this type of “street robbery” may become more common as iPhones and similarly encrypted devices grow increasingly ubiquitous. “The challenges of pin code access and encryption on some phones make it harder to access evidence in a timely fashion than ever before,” said Detective Chief Inspector Andrew Gould, who served as the head of the operation. “Officers had to seize Yew’s phone from him in the street. This evidence was crucial to the prosecution.”

Ultimately, this operation proved successful, as the suspect in question pleaded guilty to fraud and weapons offenses earlier this week. As a result, he now faces five and a half years of prison time.

Source : www.digitaltrends.com

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