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Looter running away from Apple store in Los Angeles

iPhones stolen in lootings of Apple stores in the US are tracked, disabled and the local authorities notified, according to messages displayed on their screens.

Apple has temporarily closed some of its US stores following a series of attacks, amid protests over the death of George Floyd.

Several images of the warnings have been shared on social media.

Apple said that it did not comment on “security matters”.

It is not clear whether the company has passed on the location of stolen devices to any police forces.

It has long been rumoured that the devices on display in Apple stores have software installed so that they can be tracked if any are stolen.

Source: BBC Business

Date: June 4th, 2020

Link: https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-52903677

Discussion

  1. Do you think this tracking software is only installed on the phones on display at Apple stores, all phones in the Apple stores, or all Apple phones?
  2. Are there any privacy issues with Apple installing tracking software on phones that are put out exclusively for display?

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