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Apple Bans DUI Checkpoint Apps on Request from US Senate! Apple Modifies App Store Review Guidelines
Apple has just pushed out a modified App Store Review Guidelines by adding section 22.8 to ban all those apps that inform users of DUI checkpoints. The new section reads “Apps which contain DUI checkpoints that are not published by law enforcement agencies, or encourage and enable drunk driving, will be rejected”. Apple has done this all on the request of US Senate.
If you remember guys, a group of Democratic U.S. Senators — Harry Reid, Charles Schumer, Frank Lautenberg and Tom Udall united together to send letters to Apple, Google and Research in Motion, in which the asked them to remove all those apps from their respective app stores that alert users of police checkpoints. The senators argued that these apps are “harmful to public safety” because they could help drunk drivers to dodge police exposure.
Again in May, Apple’s vice president of software technology, Guy L. “Bud” Tribble, participated in a hearing on privacy at the U.S. Senate. At that time, Tribble argued that Apple was in process of checking the legality of these DUI checkpoint applications.
Some DUI Checkpoint Apps like Trapster, depend on users to submit data when they come across speed traps, DUI checkpoints or police patrols. The GPS-enabled applications then alert other drivers of probable locations.
Trapster is still available on the App Store with a claim that it has “world’s most complete and up to date speed trap and camera database”. In addition to police check posts and red light cameras, it also offers real-time traffic like other location tracking services.
Schumer, speaking at the Senate privacy hearing, specifically took issue with applications like Buzz’d and Fuzz Alert, which he said “really only serve one purpose.” He noted that when the applications were brought to the attention of RIM, the BlackBerry-maker complied and removed the software, while Apple and Google did not.