May 7th, 2010
At this point most people have heard about the story lost and found iPhone 4G that an Apple employee allegedly lost at a bar. In case you haven’t here is a quick summary: The person that found the iPhone realized it wasn’t just a regular iPhone so he offered it to a few tech news outlets. Gizmodo accepted and paid the finder for the iPhone 4G, took it apart and exposed the new features of Apple’s upcoming Smartphone. Both the finder and Gizmodo knew who the owner was since they were able to access the person’s Facebook account from the iPhone app.
There are all sorts of questions being asked and discussed regarding whether or not what Gizmodo did was legal. I will leave this to the lawyers of Apple, Gizmodo and the State of California to decide the legality. The question that nobody is asking is whether or not the right and honest thing was done. It is sad that more and more it seems that nobody cares whether the right, honest and ethical thing was done. So I would like to ask some different questions.
- Was it honest for the finder of the lost iPhone 4G to receive money for it even though he knew who the owner was?
- Was it honest for Gizmodo to pay money for a lost Smartphone knowing it belonged to someone?
- Was it honest for Gizmodo to expose Apple’s trade secrets that were not intended to be made public?
Please let me know your thoughts and whether you think there are any other questions that are not being asked. Also, why do you think there seems to be less concern whether the right thing is being done as long as it is legal. Thank you.
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