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Four Senators Push Takedown Of Apps That Show DUI Checkpoints, One Provider Complies Page 2

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5. Apps may be part of the solution, but they're probably just a tiny part. In today's litigious climate, it would be irresponsible (and unwise) for Apple, Google, and others to avoid keeping an eye on the apps built for their operating systems. But their due diligence isn't going to solve the real problem of drunk driving. To do that, you'll need new and sometimes controversial automotive technology: in-car breathalyzers, for example, or even cars that drive themselves. Driver education can't hurt either -- nor can friends looking out for friends.

Bottom line: No one would argue that apps showing DUI checkpoints are a good thing. As civilized people, part of our social contract involves respecting the lives and well-being of our neighbors, so until drunk driving ceases to be a concern, checkpoints are probably a necessary evil. But while censoring apps makes feel-good headlines for politicians, it doesn't begin to get at the root of the problem.

[ComputerWorld]


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Comments (5)
  1. I don't feel that the government is so much concerned with the lives of people so much as they are with fining people. We are in deep financial trouble, so why not nickle and dime everyone that they can?
     
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  2. @Daniel: Not sure I understand your point here, since the Senators weren't threatening to fine Apple, Google, or RIM for non-cooperation. If you're referring to fees from DUI tickets...well, that's a lot more than nickels and dimes.
     
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  3. @Daniel: If the government was trying to do as you say, they would also remove the apps that show red light cameras and speed traps. Why is everyone so skeptical that there are actually people out there that care about you? So many pessimists see our government the same way you do. It's Anti-American.
     
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  4. FYI, that second "Read Richard" isn't me -- just in case anyone is wondering.
     
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  5. How is it Anti-American to express disappointment at our government? From where I stand the government works for corporations, not the American people. That is my humble opinion, which as an American I can express, and you can disagree with.
     
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