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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The cops shouldn't have been there at all. If they didn't have a search warrant, and weren't prepared to conduct the search themselves, there's no reason for them to be there. Unless of course they're doing a little moonlighting on behalf of an old friend which we can either chalk up as abuse of power or flat out corruption if there was something in it for them.

What on earth are you talking about? What planet do you live on?

Thousands of times every day in every liberal democracy (all with high standards of human rights) cops go with people who have accused someone of stealing or damaging their stuff and knock on their doors and try to get to the bottom of what has been going on.

It's one of the most basic and useful things cops do. What else do you think cops should do? They are there to make sure no arguments get out of hand, to see whether a crime has been committed or not and they try to get stuff resolved without being too formal or legalistic about it (they hate paper work like we all do).

As I said before this is just a big puff ball of excitement for those who want something to knock Apple with. It's childish and pandering to it with an article just makes OS News look bad.

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