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: So let me get this straight
by Soulbender on Sun 4th Sep 2011 15:18 UTC in reply to "So let me get this straight"
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'we think an important prototype of one of most important products has been stolen and is in this house'

but you know and I know that cops don't work like this and if they did then a lot more bad people would get away with a lot more bad stuff.

Where's the warrant? Where's the paperwork for the reported stolen phone? On what grounds did they think that person had the phone? Why is the local police action as enforcers for a corporation? Why was it necessary to intimidate and threaten the person?
There's just so many things wrong here it's amazing people are defending it. Stop defending this kind of behavior just because it's Apple.

The only reason this is a news item is because the company's name is Apple

Yea, right. That's why. Not because there was a misconduct of justice. Right.

For god's sake grow up.

This is not an action movie where the good cops get away with this shit because it's cool and because they're chasing a bad guy (you know, a real bad guy, not someone who didn't steal a phone). It's real life. Grow up.

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