If someone wants to view your photos or contacts on your passcode-protected iPhone they may be able to gain access to the device with Siri.

But if the federal authorities in the US want to see the contents of your phone in the old fashioned way – by asking you your password – they won’t get any help from the judicial system.

So says Judge Mark Kearney of the federal district court in Eastern Pennsylvania who recently ruled that passcodes on all such smartphones are protected by the Fifth Amendment of the US Constitution.

The ruling came as an insider trading case between the Securities and Exchange Commission and two ex-employees of credit card company Capital One drew to a conclusion on Wednesday.

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