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e-tresspass A-OK

By johnboy - 10 September 2012 24

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.

What’s Your opinion?


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e-tresspass A-OK
sepi 9:06 pm 10 Sep 12

The story above makes the police look good, but in the longer version the man first went to police and told them the location of his laptop, as per the app, and was ‘unable to elicit any action’, so then he went around and activated his laptop and heard beeping. This is what the lawyer was claiming was unlawful.

After that the police agreed to investigate and found the laptop + other stolen goods.

So if the police had been able to stir themselves to action in someway before the owner had to do all his own detective work, the court case need never have happened anyway.

c_c 9:02 pm 10 Sep 12

M0les said :

c_c said :

I kid you not, the lawyer’s website is ‘www.1800drinkdrive.com’

I would suggest by the argument he chose to waste the court’s time with, and the language on his website, that we’ve found Canberra’s answer to Lionel Hutz.

No, Saul Goodman: http://www.bettercallsaul.com/

Good grief. That guy’s outrageous, egregious, preposterous!

M0les 7:56 pm 10 Sep 12

c_c said :

I kid you not, the lawyer’s website is ‘www.1800drinkdrive.com’

I would suggest by the argument he chose to waste the court’s time with, and the language on his website, that we’ve found Canberra’s answer to Lionel Hutz.

No, Saul Goodman: http://www.bettercallsaul.com/

Pork Hunt 7:27 pm 10 Sep 12

Postalgeek said :

p1 said :

Ummm, how could remotely accessing your own device ever be convinced as illegal? Maybe if you used the app to tell the ipad to explode in a ball of fire….

I would pay an excessive amount for that app. Even more so if it could stream the ipad face camera’s last few moments.

If my memory serves me correctly, I think the Israelis assassinated a prominent PLO dude by inserting explosives into a mobile that he was using and then calling the number… He said hello for the last time.

c_c 7:25 pm 10 Sep 12

Would need jail broken firmware on the device as well, but an app that could remotely increase the current being drawn from the li-ion battery would cause a very sudden and violent result.

Indeed Sony unintentionally built such a feature into several brands of laptop.

Sammy 7:23 pm 10 Sep 12

Pork Hunt said :

Where do you get this app?

It’s made by Apple, and free:

http://www.apple.com/au/ipad/find-my-ipad.html

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 7:11 pm 10 Sep 12

I heard of exploding battery’s before. Surely someone can find. Way to exploit something to overheat them!

Postalgeek 6:18 pm 10 Sep 12

p1 said :

Ummm, how could remotely accessing your own device ever be convinced as illegal? Maybe if you used the app to tell the ipad to explode in a ball of fire….

I would pay an excessive amount for that app. Even more so if it could stream the ipad face camera’s last few moments.

Pork Hunt 5:57 pm 10 Sep 12

p1 said :

Ummm, how could remotely accessing your own device ever be convinced as illegal? Maybe if you used the app to tell the ipad to explode in a ball of fire….

Where do you get this app?

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 5:44 pm 10 Sep 12

Lol wtf is e trespass? Does he seriously think its only legal to remotely activate your own property in your own home? Halfwit.

I too am glad the pos scum bag soliciter didn’t get one over.

Tech prevails again. Everyday we get closer to a cashless society and these little scrota bag delights will have little to gain from these type of burgularys.

noma 5:15 pm 10 Sep 12

+1
The thief deserves to go to jail where he may experience ‘tresspassing’ of a different kind

rhino 4:32 pm 10 Sep 12

I’m very pleased that this worked out exactly as I would hope it would. This restores some hope for me in the system.

p1 4:26 pm 10 Sep 12

Ummm, how could remotely accessing your own device ever be convinced as illegal? Maybe if you used the app to tell the ipad to explode in a ball of fire….

c_c 4:25 pm 10 Sep 12

I kid you not, the lawyer’s website is ‘www.1800drinkdrive.com’

I would suggest by the argument he chose to waste the court’s time with, and the language on his website, that we’ve found Canberra’s answer to Lionel Hutz.

Paul0075 4:03 pm 10 Sep 12

A win for commonsense! I am glad, A: old mate could recover his stolen iPad, B: this didn’t end up wasting precious court resources anymore than it did. Now all we need to do is let the police do their thing and hope the courts will give the alleged thief a sentence the community expects as adequate.

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