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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Are you one of those people that think that tech is isolated from the rest of the world? Politics do have an effect on tech. Law does affect tech. And since tech is everywhere today, a lot of things have an affect on tech...

Sure, a lot of things have an effect on tech, but a lot of the crap that gets posted here and elsewhere (like this very article) has nothing whatsoever to do with tech.

Ok, to be fair this article may have a VERY lose association with the iPhone 5 prototype, for which absolutely no information was given. The only reason Thom posted it is to offer up a rant about a possible illegal search of somebody's home that took place.

Was the rant justified on this site? Well, if this had been Toyota losing a new car prototype and two of their employees did a (possible) illegal search in somebody's garage, would it belong on a car enthusiast website, especially when no new information on the model (which everybody knew was coming out soon anyway) was learned from the story?

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