Waze the popular Google traffic application makes it easy for drivers to share with fellow motorists the location of any speed traps or police activity they spot. However, some fear the app also could aid those targeting law enforcement officers, the Associated Press reports.
Among those concerned about a potential threat is Sheriff Mike Brown of Bedford County, Virginia, who chairs the National Sheriffs Association technology committee. Says Sheriff Brown:
A spokeswoman for Waze says the app actually promotes public safety by sharing information with police, helping to cut traffic congestion and speeding response to emergencies.
That, however, could also present a problem, said civil liberties advocate Nuala O’Connor, who is in charge of the Center for Democracy and Technology. She is concerned that Waze could be violating motorists’ privacy by sharing too much information.
How much is too much? Looks like we got a Waze to go.