Politicians Want Apple to Remove Police-Evasion Apps

Several U.S. senators are asking Apple to pull applications from its App Store that alert users to the real-time presence of DUI checkpoints.

According to CNET, U.S. Senators Harry Reid, Charles E. Schumer, Frank Lautenberg and Tom Udall, have sent a letter to Apple's senior VP of software development, Scott Forstall.

While no specific apps were named, the letter mentions apps that "contain a database of DUI checkpoints updated in real-time" as well as one that sends out real-time alerts about the existence of these checkpoints.

"With more than 10,000 Americans dying in drunk-driving crashes every year, providing access to iPhone and iPad applications that alert users to DUI checkpoints is harmful to public safety," the group wrote. "We know that your company shares our desire to end the scourge of drunk driving and we therefore would ask you to remove these applications from your store."

Apple did not respond to CNET's request for comment, however did release an updated set of App Store guidelines concerning alcohol, including restrictions on "apps that encourage excessive consumption of alcohol or illegal substances, or encourage minors to consume alcohol or smoke cigarettes."

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