Tech Report: Law Enforcement Community Concerned Over Mobile App

A Silicon Valley mobile app has the law enforcement community worried tonight.

Waze is a map app owned by Google that people are using to see where traffic problems are in real time. There’s also a feature in the app that let’s people report where cops are… KRON 4 tech reporter Gabe Slate explains.

In response to the concerns, Julie Mossler, Head of Global Communications at Waze, released a statement on Monday. We’ve posted the statement in its entirety below.

“We think very deeply about safety and security and work in partnership with the NYPD and other Police and Departments of Transportation all over the world, sharing information on road incidents and closures to help municipalities better understand what’s happening in their cities in real time. These relationships keep citizens safe, promote faster emergency response and help alleviate traffic congestion. Police partners support Waze and its features, including reports of police presence, because most users tend to drive more carefully when they believe law enforcement is nearby.”

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