Law Enforcement Calls for Google to Remove Police Reports in Waze, Google Maps

Google has recently added support for user reports to Google Maps, pretty much allowing anyone to send a report for things like road hazards, traffic jams, and police right from within the app.

The police locator, however, is the one that’s causing quite a controversy, as law enforcement feels that this feature can be easily misused, leading to an increase in law violations, while also exposing officers.

National Sheriffs’ Association warned this week that the police reporting option in Waze is “a tool to facilitate ambush attacks on law enforcement and threaten community safety.”

“NSA is supportive of the Google Waze App but is emphatically opposed to the police locator feature within the App. There is no moral, ethical or legal reason to have the police locator button on the app. Our concerns are for officer safety and community safety. Wazers can use this feature to avoid law enforcement or to find law enforcement to carry out possible acts of violence against … (read more)

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