View Full Version : Stolen iPad's reported location isn't enough to warrant a search (Dutch police)

03-19-2012, 11:29 AM
According to Dutch authorities.


The owner installed an anti-theft application, but looks like that wasn't enough to get his device back.

We all know you can install certain apps in order to track the location of certain modern devices using iOS and Android. Well, looks like if your device is stolen in Netherlands and you are able to track the burglar's location, authorities of that country won't give green light to perform a search.

A location message sent from a stolen iPad by an anti-theft application turns out to be insufficient evidence to issue a search warrant for the Dutch authorities. A Dutch man reported his iPad as stolen to the Dutch authorities last month. Despite the fact that the rightful owner was able to locate his iPad within hours of the theft, thanks to the anti-theft application he had installed, the Dutch authorities did not issue a warrant to perform a search. According to the prosecutors, a search warrant is 'a very heavy measure,' that should only be used when there is 'sufficient suspicion.' The theft report by the owner was viewed as 'no objective evidence' in the case.

Well, too bad... looks like the app wasn't helpful for him afterall. Could this happen in other countries too?

NEWS SOURCE: Stolen iPads reported location not enough to warrant search say Dutch police (via) SlashDot (http://yro.slashdot.org/story/12/03/15/140201/stolen-ipads-reported-location-not-enough-to-warrant-search-say-dutch-police)

Our thanks to 'Gauss' for this news report!

03-19-2012, 12:39 PM
It was enough for the FBI with the iPhone prototype wasn't it?

03-19-2012, 10:16 PM
To hell with that. If my **** got stolen and I knew where it was, I'd be loading a shotgun and gettin' me some private justice.