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For the fifth year in a row, ambush attacks on police officers were the No. 1 cause of felonious deaths of law enforcement officers in the line of duty. Nevertheless, Google continues to market a smartphone application that lets lawbreakers pinpoint the location of police officers in the field. Google’s executives won’t even discuss the subject with organizations representing law enforcement.

Google’s popular real-time traffic app, Waze, uses GPS navigation and crowdsourcing to alert users to traffic jams, automobile accidents, stalled cars, and through its “traffic cop” feature, the presence of law enforcement.

Source: CNN

Date: April 1st, 2016

Link to paste into browser to view video and read article: http://us.cnn.com/2015/04/23/opinions/clarke-thompson-google-waze-danger/index.html

Discussion

1) The app “Waze” can clearly be used for good, or evil. Why do you think Google will not even talk with police authorities about the app?

2) The U.S. Constitution upholds the rights of freedoms for many things, but there are exceptions to these freedoms (not all free speech is allowed, fully automatic weapons are banned, and so forth). At what point SHOULD there be a restriction on an App like this?

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