MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA - There is a battle brewing across the country between police departments and a popular traffic app for your smartphone. The app is called Waze and it is a combination of GPS navigation and social media. More than 50 million people use Waze to find and report real-time traffic data, including the locations of police.
Now, the U.S. National Sheriff's Association is asking Google, the app's parent company, to disable the part of the app that posts the locations of law enforcement. In light of recent violence, agencies fear that it could be used to stalk police and put officers' lives in danger. Google has not commented.
Just like most technology, Waze could be used for good or evil.