The introduction of new app prompted law enforcement to campaign compelling Google Inc. to disable a feature in its popular Waze traffic app. This device allows drivers to warn others about nearby police activity. An organization of sheriffs openly complained that the app not only places the lives of officers at risk but also hampers the ability of authorities to write speeding tickets.

The National Association of Sheriffs focused its complaints about Waze on police safety was initiated after two New York City police officers were fatally shot last December. They widen their campaign with a new statement criticizing how the software from Google obstructs the use of speed traps. The association said that the installation of radar guns and other speed enforcement techniques have reduced the number of highways deaths.

The group is adamant that this app proves to be a serious obstacle for those activities helping law enforcement officers to locate traffic violators and endangers the life of the commuters.

Sheriffs are coercing Google Inc. to delete a feature on its Waze traffic software that gives warning to drivers of the presence of police nearby. They said that this is one of the most popular mobile apps that endanger the lives of the police.

In 2013, Waze was purchased by Google for the mount of $966 million. This is a combo of the GPS navigation and social networking. In 200 countries, fifty million users utilized the free service as authentic traffic guidance and an alert for near-congestion of traffic, car accidents, the presence of speed traps or traffic cameras, location of construction zones, impaired vehicles or dangerous weather conditions.

Due to the ensuing policy debate, Google is again at the center of a global debate regarding public safety.

Users of Waze are able to mark the presence of police on maps without much distinction other than its being visible or hidden. They just see a police icon, but no clear warning whether the police are there for a lunch break, speed trap, or a sobriety checkup.

Julie Mossler, Waze spokesperson, said that the company is working with the New York Police Department and others around the world.

Last year, the National Security Agency disclosed that Google had illicitly broken the overseas Internet communication lines after Google and other technology companies introduced encryption for users that U.S. government believed hampers the investigation of law enforcers.

Democracy and Technology Chief Nuala O’Connor said that Google has no right to disable a police-reporting feature. She represents a civil liberties group in Washington.

She said that it is not legitimate for a personal communication to be disabled just because it reports making law enforcement publicly visible. She said that this issue is a bigger concern among privacy advocates as to the amount of information from users Waze shares with law enforcement inasmuch as the service monitors their location continually as long as it’s turned on.

If the you or your loved ones  get a ticket for violating traffic laws quite often for speeding, contact a traffic ticket  lawyer for free consultation now.  You will be help through traffic court to keep your driving privileges and your insurance premiums low.

Source: Global News Ca.

(http://globalnews.ca/news/1792732/police-urge-google-to-disable-police-tracking-feature-on-waze-app/)

Outbound Link: CBC Ca News

(http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/google-waze-traffic-app-draws-ire-of-u-s-sheriffs-1.2936473)

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