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[6]: SFPD was involved
by vitae on Sun 4th Sep 2011 00:34 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: SFPD was involved"
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So, by your logic, if I suddenly punch you in the face it would be *your* fault for leaving it in the wrong place... amazing...

WTH kind of analogy is that? It's more like if I think you stole my phone, and I ask your permission to search your house and your car, you gonna let me in? There's no difference here. The cops weren't coming in anyway because they weren't there in an official capacity and these Apple people had no authority. Let them get a warrant, and in the meanwhile, you're calling a lawyer over to make sure everything is legal. Those Apple employees have NO business in his house or car, regardless. You don't have to be a tough guy to call BS when you see it. These are Apple security people, not the Mob. You tell them to leave, and if they don't want to, you can have those cops that are just standing around anyway arrest them. If they won't, then you call the police yourself.

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