CyberTech Rambler

September 5, 2011

Come on Apple, you don’t need to add fuel to fire

Filed under: Uncategorized — ctrambler @ 4:32 pm

As if one need to make the latest lost iPhone sturdy (Yes, Apple did it again, in almost identical circumstance as last year), it now emerged that there might be some strange had happened, i.e., not to Police Procedure and perhaps some deception (whether intentional or not is something up to the court and police) involved, at the address where the iPhone is alleged to be.

To be fair, most of the time, things like this are swept under the carpet. However, the police officers and private investigators involved should had known that if they do not follow the procedures to the letter, they would simply add fuel to the fire.

The last time it was the police raid on a journalist house that exploded the story beyond recognition. That story only recently concluded with no charges brought against the journalist.

My feeling is there is insufficient evidence for the police to justify asking to step into the house, that’s why they didn’t. The private investigators will have no such qualm or restriction and might intentionally take advantage of the occupiers belief that it i. Was there a deception? It is probably goes down to “he says – she says”. Ultimately it will amount to nothing. Only thing for sure is from today onwards, private investigator will not be able to pull such a trick anymore in San Francisco. Police procedures will now requires them to identify non-police officer that accompanies them.

As for not filing a report, might be simply the officer is simply late on the paperwork. Not stepping into the house probably means they don’t have to file paperwork. Unfortunately, that might be the intention all along. My litmus test is whether the officer recorded the visit in their personal log book, together with the name of people with them, and if the existing police procedures require it, whether the private investigator enter the house. Again, rest assured, SFPD will consider having their police officer do this from today onwards.

All in all, in both  iPhone cases, SFPD did not and will not come out smelling of roses.

As for Apple, they probably demonstrate (again) that they take leaks seriously. This time, there is a risk they gone too far. There is a potential that this is the spark, just like Tabloid newspaper hack into and delete messages from a murder victim’s phone which cause the whole phone hacking scandal to explode, that bring the relationship between Private Investigators and Police into the public’s focus and scrutiny in an explosive way.

The moral of the story for you and me is to identify everyone who  comes to your door. Not just one or two.

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