Cop car-tracking iPhone app is proven to be a myth
Cops around the country received a distressing alert last month, a warning that suggested the notion of police surveillance had been turned on its cap.
A deputy sheriff in Monroe County, N.Y., had discovered that by downloading a free application, users of smart phones could track the precise movements of all police cars by tapping into their GPS units. The implications were immense -- think of a robbery crew or a drug dealer keeping tabs on their city's finest.
If only it were true. Cpl. John Helfer, a spokesman for the Monroe County Sheriff's Office, said the deputy who prompted the alert misunderstood an application called Trapster.
"The incident that was described is not what it seemed," Helfer said. In fact, as you'll discover by the end of this post, it wasn't at all what it seemed.
Read full blog post: No, iPhones can't track cop cars
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