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]: Which right was trampled?
by fossil on Mon 5th Sep 2011 16:18 UTC in reply to "RE: Which right was trampled?"
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Civics was a required course in the 50s and 60s which I studied in grade school and junior high or high school (I'm over 60) and I did well, thanks. Is it OK for corporate goons abetted by agents of the state (the SF Police) pretend to be agents of the state and coerce U.S. citizens into "freely" allowing searches of their homes? Sounds like a corporatist/fascist wet dream to me. Something tells me that that is not what the framers of the U.S. Constitution had in mind. Your mileage may vary.

Since we're in civics mode, as I recall it, the Boston Tea-Party affair had to do with the "sweetheart" relationship between the British Crown and the British East India Company. It was the B.E.I.C's tea that was sent to a watery grave in Boston harbor. Destruction of sacred corporate property. How horrible!! Which led to still more repressive laws... which eventually led to the American Revolution. Don't they teach anything about the British East India Company in American History anymore? ;-)

It's more than a little interesting that the SF police seem to be having trouble coming up with a consistent story... And what has the Sacred Apple had to say? Nothing. Nothing at all. Apple's silence on the incident is deafening.

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