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No, we will not be shipping with any biometric hardware, the reasons for this is because single access via biometrics does not prevent access to your phone the same way a security code or lock does. The US Supreme Court has alluded to biometric access not protecting you the same way that a security code from memory (a security code) does (e.g. You can say “no” to a passphrase, or security code, but you cannot say “no” to biometric (physical) information). So even if in future models of the LibremĀ 5 phone we do include biometric hardware, we will be double-locking it with a security code, to have the best security story we can for users.

To learn more about why biometric access is not good you can read this fine article here.

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