Nation's biggest police force demanding Waze app to remove "cop tracker" feature

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Recently, Google integrated speed limit information and the location of likely speed traps into Google Maps.

Alongside the sentiments expressed about Google, the cease and desist letter sent to the search giant by the NYPD also suggests that individuals posting the information itself could be engaged in "criminal conduct" by marking the checkpoints in the app. They are revealing the situation of checkpoints places these drivers, their passengers, and most people in danger. DUI checkpoints are also known as police stops, where police officers are standing and checking vehicles going through them, or in simple words, you can say where police officers set their barrier and randomly stop vehicles to check for impaired drivers. Users can report accidents, report traffic jams, and even report police presence.

What do you think about DWI checkpoints showing up in Waze? It's a help to any sober driver who wants to avoid the delays and hassle that these Fourth Amendment-shredding checkpoints impose.

To view these comments, users have to click the icon, but they're aren't shown directly on the map. It's putting "significant resources" into the effort, the letter said, and Waze users are gumming it up by giving away their unannounced road blocks and thereby helping drunk drivers evade them.

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"Safety is a top priority when developing navigation features at Google", a Google spokesperson told WLNY CBS New York in a statement.

Waze distinguished itself from other navigation apps by including crowdsourced data on its app.

Waze was acquired in 2013 by Google.

As noted by The Verge, Apple banned some DUI avoidance apps back in 2011 following pressure from senators, and it now only allows applications that show location information "published by law enforcement agencies".

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For each mile, drivers will be paid 54 cents. Waze and Google Maps users can inform each other about speed cameras, speed traps and other police roadblocks. "We think that telling drivers about expected speed traps, allows them to be more careful and make safer decisions when they're on the road".

"The NYPD will pursue all legal remedies to prevent the continued posting of this irresponsible and risky information", the letter read, according to the blog post.

Google has received criticism for the feature in the past.

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