Feeds

GPS glitch leads perp-pursuing cops to wrong house

Stolen iPhone elsewhere

Application security programs and practises

A man has been left with a £500 bill for a new front door after "tracking software" used to trace a stolen iPhone led Police to the wrong house.

The missing iPhone was located using iOS' Find My iPhone feature, which can be used to find a device using its GPS fix. The handset is queried by a server and reports back its co-ordinates.

The data suggested the handset had made its way to a house in Sherwood, Nottingham. However, when cops broke in, there was no trace of the robber or the handset, The Telegraph reports.

And Landlord Robert Kerr, whose owns the house that was raided, was left fuming after police refused to pay compensation for the cock-up, claiming the tracking software gave them a reasonable belief the perpetrator was hiding inside the property.

"I understand why they broke in," said Kerr, "but what I don't understand or accept is the refusal to pay for the damage done - especially since nothing was found in the house."

In response, a Notts Police spokesman told the paper: "Our officers took the decision to search the property in Rufford Road in good faith with the intention of quickly locating an offender and recovering stolen items from a burglary reported in Woodthorpe on the afternoon of 6 December.

"However, that decision was not simply made on the basis of iPhone tracker information but was taken after speaking to local residents who informed officers that they believed someone had been at the usually unoccupied property in Rufford Road that evening."

Kerr has taken his complaint to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC). ®

The Power of One Infographic

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Application security programs and practises
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Securing Web Applications Made Simple and Scalable
Learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.