Apple has updated its guidelines for new applications submitted to the iTunes App store. In section 22.8, the iTunes rules and regulations policy now states the store will reject any application that promotes driving under the influence in any way.
Apple is specifically referring to DUI checkpoint apps. The policy directly explains, “Apps which contain DUI checkpoints that are not published by law enforcement agencies, or encourage and enable drunk driving, will be rejected.” These types of Apps inform drivers when law enforcement has set up DUI checkpoints to catch drunk drivers. The stated purpose of many DUI checkpoint Apps such as “DUI Dodger” is to “fight back” against police jurisdiction.
Apple decided to reject these apps primarily because of the American Government. A group of United States senators wrote letters to multiple companies, one of them being Apple, requesting the removal of DUI checkpoint and related Apps from their application stores.
The senior vice president of Apple iPhone software, Scott Fortsall, received a personal letter from the senators. According to Fortsall, the letter contained this statement: with “10,000 Americans dying in drunk-driving crashes every year, providing access to iPhone and iPad applications that alert users to D.U.I. checkpoints is harmful to public safety.”
Whether or not Fortsall personally agreed with the statement, Apple has discontinued approval of DUI checkpoint applications.
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