NYPD Demands That Google Stop Flagging DWI Checkpoints on Waze App

The NYPD writes Cease and Desist letter to Google, they have issues with WAZE

The NYPD sent a cease and desist letter to Google over the weekend. NYPD wants Google to cancel its Waze feature that allows users to flag police checkpoints. Waze is a new feature on the Google Maps app, Waze can be considered as a community driven traffic app.

The Waze app has 100 million users.

Google created Waze to help drivers circumvent traffic. The NYPD says Waze is tipping off drunk drivers so they can intentionally avoid police check points, reports CBS New York.

Excerpts from the letter says:

"This letter serves to put you on notice that the NYPD has become aware that the Waze Mobile application, a community-driven GPS navigation application owned by Google LLC, currently permits the public to report DWI checkpoints throughout New York City and map these locations on the application,"

the letter goes on to say:

“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,”

and finally the letter threatens legal action:

“The NYPD will pursue all legal remedies to prevent the continued posting of this irresponsible and dangerous information.”

A Google statement reads:

“Safety is a top priority when developing navigation features at Google. 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.”

Comments (18)
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Chrome Dome
Chrome Dome

Way to go Google,now tell them that you demand that they can just simply kiss y’all’s ass because y’all aren’t going to allow them to program y’all into their webb of bullshit because this brings me back to the topic of the black female catching the white female just walking backwards and forwards across the walk way writing down license plate numbers to the sheriffs a block away and as soon as she noticed that the black female was pouring salt all over their game the sheriffs came and threatened her with jail time but y’all are a corporation that has power to keep on doing the things that they don’t want y’all doing because y’all can have their asses on a dam platter in a courtroom,keep up the good work.😎👍

Tatoo49
Tatoo49

Police fought against rearview mirrors in cars early on for the same reasons. Could not sneak up on drivers. Same silliness now, even more so, they certainly give 'drunk drivers' a lot of credit as they are drunk enough to get busted, but not drunk enough to follow an app. LOL. Cops being cops. Comedy routine that has never been funny.

AJW
AJW

Google did not create WAZE they bought them.

12345678910
12345678910

What will the police do when we have driverless cars?

RobiSydney
RobiSydney

1st amendment!!!

Jerith
Jerith

Cops also used the app early before google bought it. They would flood fake sightings. I bet google killed the spam fake reports and that'swhy all they can do is whine. I installed it years ago temporarily to check it out and find seat belt checkpoints. Rural area too far north. Uninstalled.

Agent76
Agent76

Catch me if you can. I do not believe you will or even be able to come close and prove it. Foolish control freaks!

Tatoo49
Tatoo49

Let us not forget that Police Departments all over the nation battled for removal of rear-view mirrors on cars because it allowed people to see that the police were following them. They lost that one, also.

alanfalleur
alanfalleur

Technology, like sunlight, shines on the just and the unjust alike. Some people have a hard time accepting that.

Lazlo
Lazlo

Irresponsible? Maybe. Illegal or actionable? Nope.

AirWolf
AirWolf

How about we send a CEASE & DESIST letter to the nypd demanding they quit violating peoples constitutional rights & liberties. But that would assume they could read it & understand all the big words that might be used.

StevenThomas1949
StevenThomas1949

Complete Rubbish! Better question is will Google comply with NYPD World's Largest Criminal gang?

Fascist Slayer
Fascist Slayer

Someone help me out here, please?? Hasn't the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on countless occasions that check points are open public information? Oh , sorry my bad, it's Ameripuck a Supreme Court ruling has as much Merritt and standing as a Judge Joe Brown TV show. What a rot.