The Register is on top of a bit of legal pathfinding here in Canberra:
when a Canberra man’s iPad mysteriously disappeared he fired up the Find my iPad App. Doing so revealed, thanks to the fondleslab’s built-in GPS, that it was located in a nearby suburb.
The newly iPad-less man went to the location indicated by the app and heard his iPad making noises within a home.
At this point he called the Police, who happily entered the suspect home and found the iPad and other goods they suspected to be stolen. That find led Police to become rather interested in the occupant of the home where the fondleslab was found. So interested, in fact, that they sought an order to take his fingerprints as he was by now a suspect in other burglaries.
The fondleslab-filcher argued that order was not legal, as using Find My iPad constituted “e-trespassing”, while the fondleslab-owner’s prowl about the exterior of his home was the real thing.
We haven’t been following this too closely on the basis that we’re not fans of reporting arrant nonsense advanced by a party’s lawyer.
In any event Magistrate Walker has agreed it was arrant nonsense.