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Apple to Yank DUI Checkpoint Apps

by Adriana Lee | June 9, 2011June 9, 2011 7:30 am PDT

It wasn’t long ago that the U.S. Senate called on Apple to remove DUI checkpoint applications from the App Store. And although programs like Trapster (pictured) are still there — at least as of this writing — it has now been confirmed that they are indeed heading to the reject pile.

Earlier this year, four U.S. senators sent letters to Apple criticizing these controversial apps, calling the real-time database of checkpoints “a matter of public concern.” They called on the company to remove them, and that likely led to Apple changing its app review guidelines. The language now forbids such apps, with the only exception being those put out by law enforcement.

The relevant part of the guidelines, Section 22.8, now says the following: “Apps which contain DUI checkpoints that are not published by law enforcement agencies, or encourage and enable drunk driving, will be rejected.”

Whether this will appease the politicians is still in question, however. Many of those applications also include info on speed traps, red light and speed cameras, accidents, and other traffic conditions. Since the revamped guidelines only single out DUI applications, crafty devs could try to sidestep the issue by breaking the remaining data out into other apps.

[via MacRumors]

 


Adriana Lee

Adriana is the resident writer-slash-culture vulture who has written about everything from smartphones, tablets, apps, accessories, and small biz...

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