iPad Tracked Not Legally Considered Trespassing
ZDNet often has really interesting tech news stories that you won’t find anywhere else, and today they’ve come up trumps with this story about a court case in the ACT Magistrates Court in Australia, which involved an iPad owner in Canberra who used Find My iPad when his iPad was stolen, tracked it down to a home in North Canberra, to the garage, to be more specific, and then called the police, who searched the home and found the iPad as well as other allegedly stolen goods. An open-and-shut case, you might think, but in fact not so fast, as ZDNet reports that the defendant’s lawyer tried to say that the evidence obtained in the case was unlawful, because by using Find My iPad and activating the alarm when it was located, the iPad’s owner had “electronically trespassed” on the defendant’s property. As you might expect, the prosecution said that this was “absurd”, and Chief Magistrate Lorraine Walker also seemed to think so, as she ruled that no act of trespass had been committed by the iPad owner.
Source: Court rules iPad tracking is not trespassing | ZDNet
Note that the iPad in the picture is a stunt iPad and not the one from the Australian tale!