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You have your phone in your pocket, I want to access your data.

With touch unlock, all I need is my buddy to hold you for 3 seconds while I twist your arm and unlock the phone.

With passcode unlock, getting the password out of you will take some more effort.

Oh, and in this scenario, I can be a thief, or a police officer, or a borders agent, or an abusive husband, or many other things :)




> With passcode unlock, getting the password out of you will take some more effort.

Given that there are two people, capable of violence, against the phone owner I'm not sure that getting the password is going to be that much trouble.


Forcing someone to put their finger on a phone is a matter of seconds. No matter how you put it, getting a password is harder and lengthier.


Getting a password requires consent, even if it's under duress. Getting your finger doesn't require you to agree with anything.




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