NYPD to Google: Delete police checkpoints from maps

NYPD to Google: Delete police checkpoints from maps
1 Comment

The NYPD is taking aim at Google and its "Waze" navigation app for warning motorists about police DWI checkpoints, speed traps, and red-light cameras.

Police consider this crowd-sourced feature to be "irresponsible and dangerous" because it could help unsafe or drunken drivers avoid cops, according to a letter the NYPD sent to Google this week.

In the letter, written by Ann Prunty, the department's acting deputy commissioner for legal matters, the NYPD called on Google to disable the feature and said that users who supply the locations of police checkpoints could be breaking the law.

"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," Prunty wrote. "Revealing the location of checkpoints puts those drivers, their passengers, and the general  public at risk."

In a statement, a Google spokesperson didn't say how the company would specifically respond to the letter but did defend the feature.

"Safety is a top priority when developing navigation features at Google," the spokesperson said. "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."

Another source at Google, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak for the company said, "There is no expectation of privacy on a public street for anyone, including police.  Speaking -- or publishing information about -- what is taking place on public streets is protected free speech."

To download the free "Waze" app for your phone, Click Here.

 

 

 ------------------------

Note from Hal Turner

I need YOUR help to keep this endeavor alive.   Please subscribe for $1 a week billed quarterly ($13) HERE or $5 a month HERE. We accept ALL Credit Cards thru "STRIPE" or you can use Paypal.  (If you are having trouble with your subscription since the changeover of this site, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

If you cannot or do not use online financial transactions, you can still subscribe: When you get to the part about Payment Method, just select OFFLINE PAYMENT.  This will create your account but put it on HOLD until your payment arrives.   You can send cash, check or money order to:

HAROLD TURNER
1906 Paterson Plank Road
North Bergen, NJ  07047
USA


If subscribing is not for you, then maybe a one-off Donation is possible?  Please use the link or the BUTTON below it to donate via Credit Card (as a Guest) or by using your Paypal Account:    https://paypal.me/HalTurnerShow

You must login to post a comment.
Loading comment... The comment will be refreshed after 00:00.
  • This commment is unpublished.
    Grim · 10 months ago
    The badge wearing, government jackboots don't like it when one of their unconstitutional revenue streams is put into jeopardy. Police departments are like any other sleazy company, where the financial bottom line is the only thing that matters and will be protected at all times.