U.S. Government Attempts to Ban Smartphone DUI Checkpoint Apps

0 U.S. Government Attempts to Ban Smartphone DUI Checkpoint AppsSen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) wants to control your smartphone.

Yesterday, Schumer went after Google, Apple, and other smartphone-industry players who have refused to follow a “voluntary” request by him and Sens. Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), and Tom Udall (D-N.M.) that they ban apps that show where police are setting up driving under the influence (DUI) checkpoints, speed traps, and the like.

State officials are applying similar pressure (and are also claiming that all requests for compliance are “voluntary”). Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, the son of Vice President Joe Biden, is pushing for bans and so is Maryland’s Attorney General Doug Gansler, who likened the apps to “giving a robber the key and the alarm pad code to go rob a bank.”

As a direct result of the pressure, Research in Motion, maker of Blackberry products, blocked the apps.

But are apps that give citizens more information about what law enforcement is up to a bad thing? They clearly fall under First Amendment guarantees of free expression (that’s why lawmakers are saying their requests are “voluntary”). But perhaps more important, such apps actually minimize drunk driving and speeding – which is one of the reasons why police in places such as Travis County, Texas, are the ones entering the information for DUI checkpoint apps such as Trapster. As a Travis County cop puts it, if he can stop the problematic behavior without writing tickets or hauling people in, everybody is better off.

That’s an irony that’s lost on bullying pols such as Schumer, Biden, and others. But it’s one of the reasons why the audience for such apps continues to grow.

Featuring Cato Institute policy analyst Julian Sanchez and President of the Association for Competitive Technology Jonathan Zuck.


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5 Responses to “U.S. Government Attempts to Ban Smartphone DUI Checkpoint Apps”

  • edwardg814 says:

    Blackberry made a …
    Blackberry made a bad decision by caving. Listen to the police officers in this piece. Make sense. These Senators are looking to make a name for themselves.

  • 14842 says:

    did he just say is …
    did he just say is people that want to avoid the asehole? The police officer is just doing his job ok he needs food on the table too. if you behave you dont get a ticket and he misses a fast food dinner. you with your stupid phones and aps is just a rippoff too! Damn

  • biozamadotcom says:

    Glass Steagall is …
    Glass Steagall is the only thing they should even be talking about.

  • colourmegone says:

    The only “corporate …
    The only “corporate responsibility” is to maximise profit. Everything else is a matter of public relations.

  • slewofdamascus says:

    Listen to how these …
    Listen to how these anti-freedom fascists frame this issue “a corporate responsibility NOT to help people avoid getting caught for committing crimes”.

    It is illegal (or sure as used to be) for cops to set up secret checkpoints, regardless of the reason. In California, they are forced to announce where these locations will be. What cracks me up about this is that these are democrats, who are supposed to be “liberal”.

    Law-abiding citizens have a right to avoid time-consuming SCPs.

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