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Dumb Apple Watch Thieves were recently foiled by Apple's 'Find My' device Service and Incarcerated

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Earlier this week the Roseville Police Department incarcerated two men after police found them with a stolen Apple Watch that had been pinged by its owner. Officials said investigators tracked down the location of an Apple Watch stolen in Roseville Wednesday to a parking lot on Auburn Boulevard near Whyte Avenue.


In the parking lot was a motorhome with 21-year-old Elijah Filson and 38-year-old Jacob Cummins inside, both of whom were on probation, investigators said.


The Fox news report further noted that "While police were searching the motorhome, the owner of the Apple Watch pinged it, causing it to emit a sound. Officers said they found the watch in a cabinet in the back of the motorhome." Talk about perfect timing.


Both Filson and Cummins were arrested and booked into the South Placer County Jail on multiple charges, including possession of stolen property.


While we're on the topic of Apple's location services, KrebsOnSecurity made a case this week in a report claiming that the popular iPhone 11 Pro is intermittently seeking the user’s location information even when all applications and system services on the phone are individually set to never request this data.


Apple simply says this is by design, but that response seems at odds with the company’s own privacy policy, according to the report.


Apple's policy states that "You can disable location-based system services by tapping on System Services and turning off each location-based system service." But apparently there are some system services on this model (and possibly other iPhone 11 models) which request location data and cannot be disabled by users without completely turning off location services, as the arrow icon still appears periodically even after individually disabling all system services that use location.


On Nov. 13, KrebsOnSecurity contacted Apple to report this as a possible privacy bug in the new iPhone Pro and/or in iOS 13.x. This week Apple responded to KrebsOnSecurity's letter by stating that the company didn't see any concerns as the iPhone was performing as designed.


An Apple engineer wrote: "We do not see any actual security implications. It is expected behavior that the Location Services icon appears in the status bar when Location Services is enabled. The icon appears for system services that do not have a switch in Settings."


If this particular discovery is an issue for you, read the full KrebsOnSecurity report.  


One commenter to this report pointed to "Federal E911 rules require the devices to know where they are at all times."


Another commenter stated that "Providing location to law enforcement is 'baked in' to iOS and cannot be turned off, and is not tied to the location indicator triangle. Emergency Call/SOS has additional features beyond the FCC’s, such as providing location to designated contacts, and that can be turned off."


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