The morality police have finally given Apple a wake up call. The Cupertino, Calif.-based company has updated its App Store Review Guidelines, banning driving under the influence (DUI) checkpoint apps for all iOS devices.
Just last month Apple and Google took some heat in Congress over carrying DUI checkpoint apps in their online marketplaces, which lawmakers say pose a harmful risk to public safety.
Senator Charles Schumer grilled Apple and Google over their apps at the inaugural hearing of the Privacy and Technology Subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary, saying, “Apple and Google shouldn’t be in the business of selling apps that help drunk drivers evade the police. They shouldn’t be selling apps that they themselves admit are ‘terrible’.”
Apps such as “Fuzz Alert,” “Buzzed,” “Checkpointer,” and “Tipsy” were available for purchase on the app store for mobile phone users for as little as $4.99.
Similar DUI checkpoint apps such as “Checkpoint Wingman” and “Mr. DUI” are still available for purchase on the Android Market.
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