Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 2nd Sep 2011 21:47 UTC
Apple So, I kind of mocked this story yesterday, but today an interesting twist has emerged which puts the story in an entirely different light. This week, CNet reported a story about how Apple is working with the San Francisco Police Department to retrieve a lost iPhone 5 prototype. The police and Apple apparently traced the phone to someone's house, and showed up on his doorstep, threatening him and his family. The only problem - the SFPD has no record of any house search or of the case in general - raising the question whether Apple employees falsely impersonated the SFPD, which happens to be a serious crime in California. Update: While I was busy sleeping, the story changed a little bit, but it's still far too shady. After conferring with Apple, the SFPD now states four police officers were involved, and that only the two Apple employees entered Calderon's house. However, Calderon had no idea these two were private non-police people, since he claims they did not identify themselves as Apple employees. Had he known, he would not have let them search his house. So, update or no, Apple employees still impersonated police officers, and issued threats to intimidate Calderon into letting them search his house - without a warrant. I don't understand how people can just accept this sort of behaviour. Don't you have rights in the US? Update II: Perfect summary.
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RE[6]: SFPD was involved
by WereCatf on Sat 3rd Sep 2011 02:49 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: SFPD was involved"
WereCatf
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So having the Police assist you in recovering stolen property is not the weird. Having the police facilitate the search of a suspects house by corporate employees is what's weird about this.


That's what I was wondering about: the police should have clearly indicated that the Apple employees were not police forces and that the person in the story could have just said "no" when asked for permission to enter.

While the Apple employees didn't do anything wrong in terms of the law they too still crossed the amoral boundary when they didn't tell the person in the story that they're just working for Apple and have no law enforcement capabilities.

Apple won't get anything bad out of this except for a little bit of bad PR for a while, it doesn't seem they did anything illegal, however I don't know if the police officers can be sanctioned in any way over not informing the person of his rights.

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