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Submission + - Location stolen iPad insufficient evidence for Dutch authorities 1

lbalbalba writes: A location message send 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. The app reported two possible addresses, indicating were the device could located. 'One of them is the residency of an elderly couple. For all we know, they could have bought the device on e-Bay. Furthermore, the police is requested to take action based solely on data retrieved by citizens. Should we really rely on such information ? According to the prosecutors, a search warrant is 'a very heavy measure, that invades the privacy of people. Something we do not take lightly. It should only be used when there is sufficient suspicion'. The theft report by the owner was viewed as 'subjective evidence' in the case.

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This is clearly another case of too many mad scientists, and not enough hunchbacks.