Apple and Google today agreed to conduct a review of applications that make use of DUI checkpoints to see if they violate each company's mobile application store guidelines.
That decision came during today's congressional hearing about location privacy in smartphones, tablets, and cell phones. U.S. Senator Charles Schmuer (D-N.Y.), who was on hand, managed to get in a few questions to representatives from both technology companies, urging them to take action following his pleas and those of other politicians about the existence of police DUI checkpoint apps back in March.
"As you know, several weeks ago a number of my colleagues and I, senators Udall, Lautenberg, Reid and I, wrote letters to your companies calling your attention to the dangerous apps that were being sold in your app stores, and asked you to immediately remove them," Schumer said to Bud Tribble, Apple's vice president for software technology and Alan Davidson, Google's U.S. director of public policy.
"We brought these to the attention of RIM, they pulled the app down. I was disappointed that Google and Apple haven't done the same, and I'd like to ask you how you can justify to sell apps that put the public at serious risk," Schumer continued.
Google's Davidson responded by saying that applications that present information about sobriety checkpoints did not violate the company's content policy as it stands. … Read more