Police Are Trying To Undermine Waze With A Deluge Of Phony Cop Sightings

Police Are Trying to Undermine Waze With a Deluge of Phony Cop Sightings

Some cops are pissed at the Waze traffic app because of a feature that allows users to pinpoint where they have seen officers on a map. The crowdsourced information can be used to avoid getting in trouble with the law. Now police in Miami are subverting the app by filling it with loads of bogus police sightings.

NBC in Miami reports that hundreds of local cops are reporting bogus police sightings and speedtraps to undermine the app. It's not hard to imagine that police departments across the country are probably doing this too; Waze is just as easy for coppers to use as everyday drivers. You sneaky police.

The beef between Waze and police runs deeper than avoiding traffic tickets, however. Recently, some US sheriffs asked the app's owner, Google, to disable the police tracking feature because it could theoretically be used to "stalk" the police. This is pretty ridiculous because if some unhinged person wants to stalk and kill cops they won't have any trouble doing it without the help of a traffic app. Waze developers respond that knowing the police are around probably just makes people drive more carefully.

The reality is that the app is probably hurting the police's ability to hand out speeding tickets — and collect the subsequent revenue — by allowing users to say where they have seen police posted up. If cops don't hit their numbers, they have to answer to angry supervisors. In that way, the police's bogus use of the app is understandable. Who wants to get yelled at by their boss? [NBC 6 Miami via Autoblog via TechDirt]


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    Thanks.... but I thought this was Gazmodo Australia?

      kicking the shit out of a dead horse man....lets face it...not much happens here......imagine NZ gizmodo !

    Why didn't you meet your quota today?

    I guess people are just doing the right thing.

    Well there is no deluge of reports, fake or otherwise in Perth at the moment. Never is

    is it legal for police officers or departments to post false and misleading advice which may convince the public that they are safer than they really are?? Governments everywhere may start using this to avoid a budgetary shortfall as a solution to low police numbers. Royal Commission may be required, to determine prevalence or otherwise in Australia.

    Many, many years ago, when radio stations first started including speed cameras in their morning news, the Melbourne cops started calling in reports and it sounded like the city was _covered_ with them!
    So, what's new other than the medium?

      the Melbourne cops started calling in reports and it sounded like the city was _covered_ with them!
      Werent they just shooting themselves in the foot by providing false reports? That would just result in more people driving more cautiously thus less reason for a fine, no?

    The other one is cops are looking for someone.

    they are searching an area but the suspect keeps ahead of them using this app.

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