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RIM bows to pressure, yanks BlackBerry DUI checkpoint app

Gregg Keizer, Computerworld | March 23, 2011
Research in Motion said Wednesday that it would comply with a request made by four U.S. senators, and will pull BlackBerry apps that alert drivers of police drunk-driving checkpoints.

One trade group agreed with Scott.

"The suggestion that the government should compel Apple, RIM, or other mobile application stores to block programs that simply allow users to report information based on location is misguided at best," said the Association for Competitive Technology (ACT), a Washington-based group that claims to represent more than 3,000 small- and mid-sized IT companies. "Taken to its conclusion, that would require blocking apps like Foursquare and Loopt. Having the government act as arbiter of which products should be sold in stores is a slippery slope that few would welcome."

ACT also counts Microsoft, Oracle and eBay among its members.

Not all states conduct DUI (driving under the influence) or DWI (driving while intoxicated) checkpoints. According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, 38 states as well as the District of Columbia allow police to run such checkpoints.

Twelve states, including Michigan, Minnesota, Texas and Oregon, do not.


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