• Advertisement
To advertise, place classifieds free ads by category in a forum as a new topic, or in the classified display ads section, or start a classifieds free blog.

NYPD orders Google to stop Waze from revealing DWI checkpoint locations

NYPD orders Google to stop Waze from revealing DWI checkpoint locations

Postby smix » Thu Feb 07, 2019 12:44 am

NYPD orders Google to stop Waze from revealing DWI checkpoint locations
BGR

URL: https://bgr.com/2019/02/06/waze-dwi-che ... st-letter/
Category: Police
Published: February 6, 2019

Description: One of the cooler things about Waze, which Google picked up for a cool $966 million back in 2013, is that it provides users with all sorts of additional and useful information as they travel to and fro. Sure, it has all of the mapping basics like restaurants and traffic congestion, but it also has information regarding the location of things like potholes and red light cameras. Waze also permits users to post information regarding the location of DWI checkpoints and, not surprisingly, the New York Police Department (NYPD) is far from thrilled about that. As reported by CBS New York, the NYPD recently sent a cease and desist letter to Google asking them to remove alerts about nearby DWI checkpoints. “This letter serves to put you on notice that the NYPD has become aware that the Waze Mobile application, a community-driven GPS navigation application owned by Google LLC, currently permits the public to report DWI checkpoints throughout New York City and map these locations on the application,” the letter reads in part. “Individuals who post the locations of DWI checkpoints may be engaging in criminal conduct since such actions could be intentional attempts to prevent and/or impair the administration of the DWI laws and other relevant criminal and traffic laws,” the letter adds. “The posting of such information for public consumption is irresponsible since it only serves to aid impaired and intoxicated drivers to evade checkpoints and encourage reckless driving. Revealing the location of checkpoints puts those drivers, their passengers, and the general public at risk.” While there are a million reasons to love Waze, it’s hard to argue with the NYPD’s position on this matter. Drunk driving is abhorrent, dangerous, and typically claims the lives of more than 10,000 people per year. The last thing we need is to make it easier for drunk drivers to stay on the road and evade detection from local authorities charged with keeping the public safe. The NYPD letter adds that they will not hesitate to pursue further legal action if Waze continues to provide what it characterizes as “irresponsible and dangerous information.”
User avatar
smix
 
Posts: 1803459
Images: 1
Joined: Sat Aug 10, 2013 8:05 am
Blog: View Blog (0)

Google probably won’t pull DWI checkpoints from Waze despite NYPD demand

Postby smix » Thu Feb 07, 2019 12:48 am

Google probably won’t pull DWI checkpoints from Waze despite NYPD demand
The Verge

URL: https://www.theverge.com/2019/2/6/18214 ... ypd-letter
Category: Police
Published: February 6, 2019

Description: It’s not the first time we’ve seen these kinds of demands
The New York Police Department has sent a letter to Google demanding that it remove drunk-driving checkpoints from its Waze navigation app, as Streetsblog NYC and CBS New York reported earlier today. In the letter, the NYPD writes that “the posting of such information for public consumption is irresponsible since it only serves to aid impaired and intoxicated drivers to evade checkpoints and encourage reckless driving.” Reached for comment over email, a Google spokesperson responded in a way that makes it clear the NYPD will need to do a bit more to convince Google to pull the DWI checkpoints:
Safety is a top priority when developing navigation features at Google. We believe that informing drivers about upcoming speed traps allows them to be more careful and make safer decisions when they’re on the road.

Last month, Google added speed limit information to Google Maps, and speed trap information has also been rolling out in some areas. Both have long been part of Waze — and for an equally long time, some in law enforcement have been annoyed by the feature. A group from the National Sheriff’s Association called for its removal in 2015. Some cops have gone so far as to post fake speed traps to Waze. Pressure on platform companies has worked in the past. Following an open letter from Senators in March 2011 and a Senate hearing in 2011 wherein Tom Udall asked why Apple and Google had DUI avoidance apps in their stores, Apple banned some checkpoint location apps. Specifically, Apple’s policy is that “Apps may only display DUI checkpoints that are published by law enforcement agencies.” (The nuance there is that many checkpoint locations are published by law enforcement agencies themselves.) Google did not, and many such apps (including Waze) remain available in the Google Play Store. Chances are, the NYPD’s letter will not be the thing that makes the company change its mind.
User avatar
smix
 
Posts: 1803459
Images: 1
Joined: Sat Aug 10, 2013 8:05 am
Blog: View Blog (0)

Cops Insist Waze Users Stop Snitching on DWI Checkpoints

Postby smix » Thu Feb 07, 2019 1:19 am

Cops Insist Waze Users Stop Snitching on DWI Checkpoints
Gizmodo

URL: https://gizmodo.com/cops-insist-waze-us ... 1832410071
Category: Police
Published: February 6, 2019

Description: The popular traffic app Waze gathers user-submitted feedback to alert drivers to possible inconveniences they might experience on the road—inconveniences like getting stuck at DWI traffic point. Now, the NYPD reportedly has a message for Waze and its parent company Google: Snitches get stitches. CBS New York obtained a cease and desist letter that it claims was sent by the NYPD to Google in the law enforcement agency insists the Waze app is creating a dangerous situation by alerting users of nearby checkpoints. According to the report, the letter states:
Individuals who post the locations of DWI checkpoints may be engaging in criminal conduct since such actions could be intentional attempts to prevent and/or impair the administration of the DWI laws and other relevant criminal and traffic laws. The posting of such information for public consumption is irresponsible since it only serves to aid impaired and intoxicated drivers to evade checkpoints and encourage reckless driving. Revealing the location of checkpoints puts those drivers, their passengers, and the general public at risk.

Curiously, a link to the full letter on the CBS website is now broken. An NYPD spokesperson told Gizmodo in an email, “I can confirm the NYPD sent the letter.” We’ve reached out to Google for comment on this story but did not receive an immediate reply. While driving under the influence is entirely indefensible, it’s hard to imagine how the NYPD could legally enforce this demand. This would likely be a straightforward freedom of speech case unless Google was found to be intentionally encouraging users to help each other get away with breaking the law. As it is, Google can easily claim its app is just helping law-abiding users avoid an unnecessary delay in their commute. We’ve also seen reports that Google is testing out some limited traffic stop reporting features in Google Maps, so it will be interesting to see how the company responds to the NYPD’s scary-sounding letter. It’ll be even more interesting to see if they NYPD tries to defend its reported demands in court.
User avatar
smix
 
Posts: 1803459
Images: 1
Joined: Sat Aug 10, 2013 8:05 am
Blog: View Blog (0)


  • Similar Topics
    Replies
    Views
    Last post

Return to Police


Mobile Device
  • 1
  • FREE CLASSIFIED ADS
    Free Classified Ads
    There are 3 ways to advertise - your choice: you can place free ads in a forum topic, in the classified display ads section, or you may start your own free blog. Please select the appropriate category and forum for the ad content before you post. Do not spam.
    Caveat emptor - let the buyer beware. Deal at your own risk and peril.
  • Advertisement