Some law enforcement officials want one of the features of a popular traffic app shut down.
FOX News Radio’s Tonya J. Powers has details:
Sheriffs and other officers are campaigning to disable the real-time police-tracking feature of the Waze app.
They say it puts officers’ lives in danger.
Jim Pasco,the Executive Director of the National Fraternal Order of Police, agrees.
(Pasco) “It enables anyone who so desires, to ascertain the location of police officers.”
The app is a combination of GPS navigation and social networking, and has 50-million users in 200 countries.
Pasco says it has the potential to be dangerous.
(Pasco) “But it could easily be someone with criminal intent… whether that intent is to rob a convenience store or rob a bank or hurt a police officer.”
And he is worried that threat could grow.
(Pasco) “It’s really still, even at this point, an emerging technology, and unfortunately this publicity is going to make it a more widely-used technology.”
Google bought Waze in 2013 for a billion dollars.
Tonya J. Powers, FOX News Radio.