Googles Newest Update Pisses Cops Off 

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Google Maps – New and Improved 

Cristal M Clark 

Good news for all those blatant speeders, Google is finally rolling out the ability to report speed traps, crashes and slowdowns in real time to its Maps iOS app, making the new feature available to roughly 1 billion existing users worldwide. 

For those that didn’t know this, that feature was already available on Android phones, as well as on Waze, which by the way is another Google Map app.

Some media outlets are reporting this could potentially upset law enforcement but I am unclear as to why exactly, they accomplish virtually what we assume they wanted in the first place, to slow drivers down in certain areas? 

The New York Police Department wrote in a letter a while back that “Revealing the location of checkpoints puts those drivers, their passengers, and the general public at risk,” which was in response to users reporting DUI checkpoints. 

Pretty much all of the tech giants tend to align themselves with what users want not what law enforcement wants, they offer things to users that hamper the efforts of law enforcement in some cases and that sometimes do in fact put the lives of others in danger. 

Google argues that that safety is “a top priority” and that reporting features can be beneficial to public safety. “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.”

People do tend to slow down if they know about an upcoming speed trap, no one wants a speeding ticket, but then again people also tend to avoid DUI checkpoints when they are gleefully drinking and driving and if Google Maps shows them where the checkpoints are, that is not really a good thing. That does put the lives of others in danger not to mention the life of the driver who chooses to drink and drive. 

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The question with technology is when does it cross the line from helping society by making life easier,  if the tech giants truly care about safety, to blatant aiding and abetting in a crime?  

Cristal M Clark

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NYPD Sends Cease and Desist Letter to Google and Waze.

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New York Police Department – The Gloves Are Off

By: Cristal M Clark

I love Waze personally, I use it even when I don’t need it just because of the voice choices I get, I loved it when Samuel L Jackson talked me into work every day.

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I have not ever used it though for things that the police would maybe consider an abuse of it, I’ll use to in bad weather so as to avoid accidents, or if I hear about police activity in a part of town I am going to be near and that police activity is usually tied to a major event like a couple of weekends ago in Denver when someone shot two DPD officers, I’d like an alternate route, or I want to be near the story because I am going to write about it, but I am generally not really interested if the police have a speed trap ahead or a DUI checkpoint.

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Although this story focuses more on the NYPD, I am sure other cities are facing this very same issue.

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I guess I had never thought of this, users are in fact reporting DUI checkpoints and the NYPD has a pretty clear message for Waze and it’s parent company Google in the form of a cease and desist letter issued to Waze and Google, the NYPD described that Waze is in fact putting the lives of its citizens at risk:

“Individuals who post the locations of DWI checkpoints may be engaging in criminal conduct since such actions could be intentional attempts to prevent and/or impair the administration of the DWI laws and other relevant criminal and traffic laws.

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

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I agree however…It’s important to know that legally, I can’t imagine that the NYPD could actually make Google enforce not allowing users to report DUI checkpoints, they would technically have to prove that Google/Waze were encouraging users to report the checkpoints.

Which they are not.

As a user of Waze, the app does not encourage me to report anything other than maybe accidents, weather issues or hazards in the road, like a dead body rolled up in a carpet on the shoulder of the road that I might like to avoid hitting. You know things like that.

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Also, Google is testing out some limited traffic stop reporting features in Google Maps which would tell users of some form of traffic stop, I am sure that Google would not label it DUI checkpoint but to be honest, users are not stupid, they would be able to figure it out given the time and location of such a stop.

Morally though, if you are a user who is reporting DUI checkpoints, shame on you. A speed trap I can see, okay fine, but a DUI checkpoint? Hey I get it, some individuals take this F the police thing seriously and think this is funny. It’s not really funny.

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If someone got word of a DUI checkpoint through Waze, avoided the checkpoint and harmed let’s say my children or grandchildren, I’d find out, hunt you down and destroy your life. And I know people who could in fact vouch for that this very moment.

When someone goes against my principal, I can be a wee bit relentless.

But, the NYPD could, if they wanted to and this is me giving you guys a legal way to up the ante here, they could file something like, oh what is that word I am looking for…oh that’s it a, subpoena. Because as it were, sometimes for those of you delightful individuals who like to report DUI checkpoints and take note of this, when you “report” something to an “organization or company” your information is “logged” such as the account you reported it from, the cell # that you reported it from…I don’t know just something to think about you know in your spare time whilst driving around reporting DUI checkpoints and such.  

So stop reporting DUI Checkpoints everyone, it’s just a bad idea.

Cristal M Clark

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Strava – Apps Tracking More Than Just Fitness

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Apps Really do Track Everything

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With the fallout over the Strava fitness app that seemingly tracked a hell of a lot more than just fitness people are beginning to understand in better detail that while Strava made today’s headlines, it is most certainly not the only app around that is tracking every move one makes.

Yesterday when I got out my car and parked it on the street my Google Map App notified me of where I had parked. I did not ask it too remind me of that although, I did find it useful, I could also see the harm in the effort to become more useful for me, the end user.

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That is because of one simple fact, I am not always the only end user of any app that I may have.

For every app that I have and use, I have to take into consideration that regardless of what promises the app’s make, someone may be watching my every move.

The problem here is that while developers want to help both advertisers and the world by making things easy to remember for instance, where you parked, track your fitness routine in such precise detail that you and your information are no longer secure.

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By default we all become less safe when just attempting to get through our daily routine.

These apps have been stepping well over a very fine line for quite some time without anyone truly realizing it.

We all know nothing is truly 100% secure once it hits the internet, stored in the cloud, regardless of what cloud product you are utilizing so it is not a surprise that a fitness app would reveal so much intel about its end users, namely where they are choosing to workout. 

Strava just opened the door in such a way that we can actually have some better thought behind securing data that tracks any consumer, maybe not being so precise or detailed, while also making it far easier to opt out of app tracking.

Strava tracked things in such detail that secret military base information was able to escape and make headline news.

What makes that worse for Strava, they make it extremely difficult to figure out just how to opt out of the tracking.

That should be a fineable offense in my opinion.

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Just the other day while testing an app called ClockShark, we noted that when someone was off the clock but near a job site that we had them scheduled for the next day, the app alerted them via the users cell phone and asked the user if he wanted to clock into the job.

Not quite a good thing when you have employees all over the place already worried that employers are becoming too much like big brother.

Apps that track, in the current state of the world are a bad idea all the way around.

We have apps for pretty much everything these days, so fitness apps are not and should not be the only concern.

For every end user downloading apps, one should consider carefully why the app would need to track you and then promptly find out how to opt out of the apps tracking.

Cristal M Clark

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