May 11th, 2011
Google and Apple are under increasing scrutiny after RIM, maker of blackberry devices, removed applications from its devices that could be used to warn drivers about DUI checkpoints. That was back in March.
Now Google and Apple, who together manage mobile application “stores” for 85% of the mobile app market, face similar pressure.
The argument will probably turn on whether popular applications like Trapster are determined to facilitate illegal activity or if they are legitimate social networking applications that also aggregate information already broadcast by law enforcement.
I can’t help but notice that this is a discussion about whether drunk drivers should be able to research DUI checkpoints on their phone or tablet while they are driving. Seems we might have the solution right there.