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Montreal Mom Appeals to Apple to Release Geolocation Data to Help Find Missing Son

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A Montreal woman named Alisa Clamen, whose 22-year old son Jesse Galganov went missing in Peru over three weeks ago, has appealed to Apple, Amazon and T-Mobile to share the geolocation data obtained from her son’s iPhone and e-reader which could assist in locating him, Global News reports. Her son went missing on the first leg of an eight-month trip around South America and south-east Asia.

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The mother, who has already been in Peru for several days, has been working with local police to retrace Galganov’s steps in a bid to find him, but no luck so far. Clamen says local authorities have been unsuccessful in securing geolocation data from Apple, Amazon and T-Mobile. She has now made a petition on Change.org asking for the information to be released.

Meanwhile, Apple has issued the following statement:

“As we do with emergency requests from law enforcement, we have immediately responded to legal requests for information from U.S., Canadian and Peruvian authorities in this case. We know time is of the essence, and have a dedicated team responding to any exigent request 24 hours a day around the world.”

Global Affairs Canada has also confirmed that a Canadian citizen is missing in Peru, and that “Canadian consular officials are in contact with local authorities in Peru and are liaising with family in Canada and Peru.” Further details aren’t being disclosed at this time due to privacy considerations.

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  • Why aren’t Apple disclosing his location?

  • pegger1

    “As we do with emergency requests from law enforcement, we have immediately responded to legal requests for information from U.S., Canadian and Peruvian authorities in this case.”

  • Aleks Oniszczak

    Yeah, but the article says, “local authorities have been unsuccessful in securing geolocation data from Apple” All Apple said is that it has “responded”. Sounds like their response was, “nope.”

  • Olivier

    This is really sad. Hope Apple and his carrier reveal details and collaborate with law enforcement to help the research

  • Bill___A

    So how does one set it up so family has permission to track if you go missing? I don’t share the data with my sister and brother, but would be fine with it if I went missing. It is shared with my wife, but if she went missing with me, it would be of no help….they should release it to law enforcement with the proper paperwork and there should be some way to set this up in advance for future cases.

  • raslucas

    I don’t really understand how Apple would have this information. It’s supposed to be encrypted and private.

  • khiladi420

    maybe with find a friend?

  • Bill___A

    Yes, but what I was meaning is a way to not share the information day to day but to supply Apple or the carrier with permission to release it upon request…

  • khiladi420

    I see. Maybe Apple should allow the friends that have agreed to sharing their location have permission to it since they are already sharing it.

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