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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Tony Swash
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I'm hoping one of these days the cops show up on your doorstep threatening your family, and then have people tell you it's okay for the police to do so.

Holy crap, you Apple cultists scare the living fcuk out of me. You people are sick.

Looks lets leave the dramatic show of indignation for the kids shall we. We both know cops spend their whole day bending rules and manipulating people, that's how they get their job done, this involves amongst other things mild deception, deception by omission, invoking threats, talking up the bad consequences of not cooperating, pressurising people through force of personality and through numbers. It goes on day and day out. If it didn't the cops couldn't get their job done. Sad but true. It's also true that if this incident involved a stolen hi-fi, or stolen handbag, nobody would blink an eye. The only reason you splutter about this is because you are Apple phobic and this story pushes all your buttons. Grow up.

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