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]: SFPD was involved
by vitae on Sat 3rd Sep 2011 01:05 UTC in reply to "RE: SFPD was involved"
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That's what they're saying here:

Though it's just made shadier by the fact that now they're saying only Apple employees went in the house despite being with police detectives, and still no mention of a real search warrant.

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RE[3]: SFPD was involved
by kristoph on Sat 3rd Sep 2011 01:11 in reply to "RE[2]: SFPD was involved"
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Apparently he let them into his house so they were able to enter without a warrant.

However, it's just weird that the SFPD would send 3-4 detectives to help a company search for a $500 device.


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RE[4]: SFPD was involved
by vitae on Sat 3rd Sep 2011 01:20 in reply to "RE[3]: SFPD was involved"
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Really it's the guy's fault for simply not telling them "no". But still these Apple employees and the cops handled this improperly. If Apple thinks somebody has stolen property, they're supposed to report it to the police and let them handle an investigation just like the rest of us would have to do. I'm pretty sure you're not going to just let me shake down your place just because I get the notion you stole my phone.

The cops shouldn't have been there at all unless they were on an official investigation. This is shadier than usual business by Apple, but the guy allowed himself to be taken advantage of, despite not even having the phone.

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