Police Asked Google to Remove Police-Reporting FeatureAdded: Sunday, February 15th, 2015
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The police are planning to make Google turn off a feature on its Waze traffic software, which warns car drivers when police are nearby. They claim that the popular mobile app could put their lives in danger from the killers who can find where the police are parked.
Google acquired Waze for nearly $1bn a couple years ago. The app combines GPS navigation and social networking and accounts for 50m users in 200 countries, providing the free service for real-time traffic guidance and warnings about lots of staff, including traffic jams, accidents, traffic cameras, or unsafe weather conditions.
Despite the fact that there are no known connections between any attack on police and Waze, the police claim that Waze is a stalking app for law enforcement. Now the police are seeking support among other law enforcement trade groups to demand Google to disable this function. The function is the following: Waze users can mark police presence on maps by placing a police icon, but they can’t clarify whether police are there for a speed trap or a lunch break. The officers are normally operating in public spaces.
In respond, Waze confirmed that it takes safety and security very seriously and cooperates with the NY police department and others by sharing data. It is perfectly known that the Waze parent company, Google, has a complicated relationship with government and law enforcement, as it is often demanded to turn over to police copies of emails or other data about its customers. Last year tech firms even had to roll out encryption for users, although the American government claimed this could hamper law enforcement investigations. It is unknown whether the company will be willing to cooperate with the police on this particular matter.
The police call the app a “police stalker” and say it presents a danger to law enforcement, which is why Google has to remove the police-reporting feature from the app before any litigation or statutory action. On the other hand, the human rights groups do not think that it would be appropriate for the tech giant to disable this feature simply because it reports on publicly visible law enforcement. Instead, a bigger concern is how much data about customers Waze shares with police, because it is known that the service monitors their location continually as long as it’s turned on.
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Sunday, February 15th, 2015
|Hmm, like a game it is. Tells you where cops are and tells cops who is playing.|
Sounds like good tech for throw away phones.
|Waze should tell drivers the police officers names and badge numbers along with their locations.|
|I'm sure the police don't consider themselves as being "motorist stalkers" when they set up speed traps to meet their monthly ticket quota. I think if Waze wants to buy a fleet of drones to track police movements, then more power to them. The police are supposed to be working for us, our taxes pay their wages after all. This technology probably threatens their ability to collect easy money from people who might be going a few miles an hour over a posted speed limit. Whaaa! You notice the police aren't asking Waze to stop sharing any tracking information about the app user's location. What hypocrites.|
|Too bad, authorities and government! You've been secretly/covertly spying on all of us for years and now that we're on to you and your tactics, and taking measures to take back our personal and private lives you're whining about lost opportunities. Tough!|
Let the majority of us no-criminal/killer/murderous people alone and figure out another way to find and track them.
Use your brains for a change! And all the tax dollars we are forced to give to maintain "freedom" and "liberty".
How about some real Justice with a capital "J"?
....what Mike_Oxhard said; "What hypocrites."
|@OpenMinder & Mike_Oxhard: WELL-SAID, both of you!|
The MIB (Men In Black) want complete invisibility powers, while at the same time being able to peer through our homes' walls, into our pockets, beneath our clothing, into our very minds.
This goes for all the MIB (government "authorities"), not just the flunky cops. What gets me is not so much the hypocrisy, but the seeming inability for these flunkies to understand that THEY TOO will be subject to being tracked and monitored, having no personal freedoms, once they are discharged/retired from service! In fact, ex-law enforcement are considered "possible domestic terrorists" after they are out of service, just like returning veterans. The powers-that-shouldn't-be consider both ex-cops and ex-military as a threat...because they 1) know too much, and 2) have training in weaponry. It's even outlined in Homeland Security training manuals, how ex-cops and ex-military are high on the threat list! Why can't these dogs see that the powers of the "Rings of Sauron" will be turned upon them after they've served their purpose?! And, what's more, their CHILDREN are also subject to these draconian policies....Such complete IGNORANCE on their part, it's mind-blowing.
|posted by (2015-02-16 12:10:50)|
|I'm surprised the police themselves aren't using the technology ... as soon as their location is listed, MOVE. It would also help keep speeding down (and could lead to some arrests if they move a few kms/miles further down the road. After the motorist thinks the cop is gone and speeds back up!), and could speed up response times to accidents/emergencies if they don't have to wait to be dispatched.|
|@6: Haha, good point! But the cops are probably too lazy to keep up with it, or move when tagged. They probably would rather just sit where they're at for half the shift, alternately talking on the cell to their mistress and pointing the radar-gun...|
|the most bs app put there... The reality is there is no way to track them unless people follow them around which there has been some nutjobs who do. They stole the idea from uniden who used to alert based on how strong the signal is.|
and waze cant turn over personal info without a warrant but most new cars store the same info in the black box so no need to bug waze when they can get isp info and now black box
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