Apple, Google Asked By Senate To Ban DUI Checkpoint Apps
By bbsbuzz - Thu May 12, 10:37 am
Apple’s vice president of software technology, Guy Tribble, was at a Senate hearing yesterday to explain Apple’s policies on location tracking. However, the hearing on mobile privacy also ended up questioning Tribble about certain DUI checkpoint apps that the Senate feels should be banned.
Specifically taking Tribble to task on the matter was Senator Charles Schumer. The senator was especially concerned with apps like Buzz’d and Fuzz Alert, which help drivers avoid DUI checkpoints and speed traps. He expressed disappointment in both Apple and Google for not pulling down these apps. RIM, on the other hand, has already banned those apps from its platform.
“We’re in the process of looking into it — we have a policy that we don’t allow apps that encourage illegal activity. If the app’s intent is to encourage people to break the law, then we will pull it. I will take that back,” said Tribble.
Both Apple and Google have been asked to present more thorough answers to address these concerns within the next 30 days.