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Old 01-26-2015, 03:47 PM   #1
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Police say Waze cop-tracker is threat to officers

"Sheriffs are campaigning to pressure Google Inc. to turn off a feature on its Waze traffic software that warns drivers when police are nearby. They say one of the technology industry's most popular mobile apps could put officers' lives in danger from would-be police killers who can find where their targets are parked."

Click to read the rest of the article: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/police-s...t-to-officers/


I had two immediate thoughts when reading the linked article:

1. This is about the revenue. Everything else is tangential.
2. The recent murder of NYPD Officers Liu and Ramos were an anomaly. There's no mention that the shooter Brinsley used the Waze app to locate the officers. (The shooting event is mentioned in the article, in proximity to where Sheriff Kopelev refers to his efforts against Waze as representing his "personal jihad." Lovely.)

I don't use the Waze app. Friends of mine who do use it tend to rate it favorably, in terms of accuracy. Based on their description of the app's functionality, in particular its de facto service as a radar detector, I'm inclined to support any efforts Google might make to retain the full functionality of the app...to include the cop-tracking feature.

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Old 01-26-2015, 04:05 PM   #2
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I'm in favor of it. I have a hard time imagining that this actually increases risk for police officers in general, and I really hate speed traps, so anything that helps put pressure on law enforcement agencies to stop treating the law like a revenue-builder instead of actually making the streets safer to drive on is a good thing, IMO

Besides, it's not like it's hard to find a cop. If you're a nutjob bent on murdering police officers, you can find them a lot easier than hoping that the marker some random Waze user dropped is still valid. They've even got this phone number that you can call that makes them show up wherever you tell them to... are they going to howl to get that shut down too?
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Old 01-26-2015, 04:05 PM   #3
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Old 01-26-2015, 04:05 PM   #4
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It's a mixed bag. I certainly understand that it seems to be an unnecessary challenge from the cops perspective, but at the same time citizens have a right to know what they are doing, especially when it's something publically observable.

"I'm a cop, let me do my job" is on its way out. "You're a cop, this is how you're to do your job" is taking over.

It's not just the safety or the money, but the mentality as well.

I hope Google stands their ground. They have no reason not to.
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Old 01-26-2015, 04:11 PM   #5
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They can have my Waze when they pry it from my cold dead fingers.

Hey, someone had to say it.


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Old 01-26-2015, 04:37 PM   #6
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Funny as I mentioned the app to my BIL Officer this summer. His reaction was good that they use it, because we only want folks to slow down and be safer.

His words.


I made royalty after 5 months.... does that tell you how much I love this app? lol
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Old 01-26-2015, 04:47 PM   #7
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1. This is about the revenue. Everything else is tangential.
Welcome to the New World Order.
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Old 01-26-2015, 04:57 PM   #8
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If you let the LEO's have it their way: They can track you...that's fine, you just cant track them.
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Old 01-26-2015, 05:03 PM   #9
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If you let the LEO's have it their way: They can track you...that's fine, you just cant track them.
Law enforcement is tracking you with................ wait for it .....................WAZE!!.
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Old 01-26-2015, 05:11 PM   #10
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Most of the time the police have moved on by the time I come to where it says they are. And I really don't use it for that. I do think it gives me very good advance notice of other hazards stuff. Broken down cars and trucks on the road or shoulder, ice, etc. I got two advance warnings on large potholes today. Nice features. And it's a great mapping app.
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Old 01-26-2015, 05:15 PM   #11
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Law enforcement is tracking you with................ wait for it .....................WAZE!!.
They really could be....
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Old 01-26-2015, 05:41 PM   #12
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This is complete garbage. OP you are right, it is about revenue.
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Old 01-26-2015, 05:55 PM   #13
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If you let the LEO's have it their way: They can track you...that's fine, you just cant track them.
Isnt that the attitude that seems to prevail with the use of cameras? Many police have dash cams and now body cameras....but if you pull out your phone camera to record an incident... boy.. you are some sort of trouble maker.

I like the waze app and use it daily.
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Old 01-26-2015, 06:07 PM   #14
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I think motorcycles oughta come from the factory with a tracking device in them that Cops can use to locate them.

Fair is fair, after all.
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Old 01-26-2015, 06:08 PM   #15
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That's why I also have a Dashcam

I have a Dash Cam too. And as for the app, it just makes the Game more even. You know, Catch me if you can.
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