NYPD Wants Google To Stop Sharing Police Checkpoints

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The New York Police Department, the largest force in the nation, sent a letter to Google over the weekend demanding that the tech giant pull a feature from the navigation app Waze that marks the location of police officers on the roads ahead or stationed at drunken-driving checkpoints, The New York Times reports.

In the letter, which was first reported on by Streetsblog, the Police Department said that allowing people to share the locations of sobriety checkpoints impeded its ability to keep streets safe. It was not immediately clear what legal steps might be taken. The feature has put Waze in conflict with law enforcement officials across the country. The pushback has included letters from a Los Angeles’s police chief and the president of the Sergeants Benevolent Association, a New York City police union, and a campaign by the National Sheriffs’ Association.

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