Warrantless Corporate Search of Home

Discussion in 'Civil Rights & Privacy' started by KrazyKat, Sep 3, 2011.

  1. KrazyKat

    KrazyKat Original Member

    As you may have heard, a rather unusual police escort of Apple investigators to a home in SF resulted in private investigators searching the home for an Apple i5 prototype.
    The resident let the investigators in under the assumption they were SFPD, as identified at the front door. SFPD stayed outside while the Apple investigators went inside, asking about the immigration status of the household.
  2. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    More at TechDirt: Man Claims Apple Investigators Pretended To Be SF Police In Searching For Lost iPhone Prototype [Updated: Or Not]

  3. KrazyKat

    KrazyKat Original Member

    And a headache for SFPD, which is in CYA mode.
    Comments in many places are outraged; SF residents comparing their lost phone experiences with this one.

    But clearly SFPD is suddenly the searchee's BFF because of their own role in wrongdoing:
    One person notes:
    They were party to a warrantless search. Now SFPD is ready to go after Apple for impersonation, but was SFPD at the door identifying themselves, giving the impression Apple investigators were SFPD too? Calderon needs a lawyer--hopefully some of the many Bernal Heights attorneys are offering their services. SF taxpayers shaking their heads once again...
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  4. Cartoon Peril

    Cartoon Peril Original Member

    It's a very serious matter to falsely represent to have a search warrant (if that's what happened) as it means that the law will not regard the entry into the house as consented to by the homeowner. Without a search warrant and without consent, and assuming no emergency circumstances, the entry would be unlawful.
  5. barbell

    barbell Coach Coach

    This all goes back to personal responsibility.

    If an employee is out at a bar with a top-secret prototype and was unable to keep it secure, that's not Calderon's problem.

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