Should The ‘Waze’ App Have It’s Police Tracking Feature Disabled?
Police departments have a bone to pick with the ‘Waze’ smartphone application, which allows users to identify the locations of police cruisers.
A number of law enforcement agencies in the United States are campaigning to pressure Google Inc. to turn off a feature on it’s popular ‘Waze‘ application. The app combines GPS navigation with social networking, and over fifty million users in 200 countries turn to the free service for real-time traffic guidance. It also gives warnings about nearby congestion, car accidents, speed traps or traffic cameras, construction zones, potholes, stalled vehicles or unsafe weather conditions.
But to overly paranoid American police, ‘Waze’ is also a stalking app for keeping close watch on the Fuzz in their police cruisers. So what’s their specific gripe with this feature? They say it could put officers’ lives in danger from would-be police killers who can find where their targets are parked.
Just like how police departments in small midwestern towns justify their MRAP vehicle purchases in order to “feel safe”, apparently the police would not feel safe unless they had the power to operate in a “ghost” fashion in the public sphere.
Alright, now I understand how this could be called a police stalker app. But let’s consider some pertinent facts. The police use radar and and other technologies to check our speed. So we level the playing field by using radar detectors.
What happens then? They pass laws making radar detectors illegal. Now they use these devices called ‘stingrays’ to scan a motorists license plate. They say while you are driving, you are considered to be in the public domain, and therefore have no right to expect privacy.
The police also have traffic cameras to monitor the flow of traffic, and they use these cameras to catch red light runners, day in and day out. So then a smartphone application comes along, and they complain that they can be “stalked” by the citizens and voters of a constitutional Republic.
Well, I say to hell with that noise. The way I see it, when the police are on duty, they are also in the public domain. Therefore they are not entitled to privacy either, based on their logic. Again, all we are doing with ‘Waze’ is leveling the playing field.
There is no unfair advantages for the police, who by the way, only get one vote in a constitutional Republic just like we do. No double standards period. If you are in a occupation that you dislike for any reason, and constantly feel threatened enough to require a mine-resistant vehicle or a ‘ghosting’ feature on a smartphone app, then please go find a new line of work.
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