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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Very true. I just don't get what his fascination with Apple is.

It's not really a fascination with Apple, but he's more of a 'corporate watchdog', if you will. Meaning, he feels like it is his responsibility to report to the rest of us every time he discovers that a tech company is behaving badly. You know, like maybe how your little sister would run and tattle on you when you were younger, if she caught you looking at dirty magazines.

Not that there's not a need for this kind of thing, but for people like me who hate politics, it's goddamn annoying to see this bullshit on technology blogs, instead of political blogs, where it belongs.

Edited 2011-09-03 08:55 UTC

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