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[2]: Very strange
by vitae on Fri 2nd Sep 2011 23:58 UTC in reply to "RE: Very strange"
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If apple have indeed impersonated the Police dept, then they'd have already forged clothing, badges, cars, radio equitment etc so I'd expect them to have also forged documents relating to arrest warrents, search warrents, illegal migrants etc all ready to pull out of the bag if need be...

See that sounds more like an Israeli Mossad or FSB team. If a team of Apple investigators could pull off fake uniforms, car, authentic looking badges and papers then we really would be in a Shadowrun world. Even the Mafia would have a hard time getting that much stuff together. It's not as easy as they make it look in the movies.

Plus this lead investigator guy obviously isn't that bright giving out his real phone number, then admits he's an Apple employee. This man is going to jail.

Edited 2011-09-03 00:12 UTC

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