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Police Wants Google And Waze To Kill Cop Reporting Feature

Police Wants Google And Waze To Kill Cop Reporting Feature

In 2013 Google purchased the popular social mapping service Waze. The service makes getting from A to B a bit easier as it uses community input to report accidents, traffic jams and much more. One feature though is causing a little controversy is the Cop reporting feature.

Police officers a sheriffs around the US are calling Google to try and get them to disable the feature.  They say the reason is because the app could allow people to stalk officers and put their own lives in danger. A sheriff in Virginia, Mike Brown, wants the featured disabled after two police officers in New York were shot by a man who had posted screenshots of the officers locations to his Instagram along with threatening messages.

“The police community needs to coordinate an effort to have the owner, Google, act like the responsible corporate citizen they have always been and remove this feature from the application even before any litigation or statutory action,” said Brown to ABC news. 

This has caused controversy among Waze users who say that the app is using data that is available to anyone, the location of the officers in plain sight. Both sides do have an argument, at least from my point of view, but what do you think? Let us know down in the comments!

Via: ABC News

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Ben is a tech geek who co-founded YourTechExplained in 2016. Constantly switching between devices that literally surround him, he can be found reviewing the latest smartphones around the web.