“The idea of sharing information about where speed traps are, and police officers are on the road, is ingrained in road culture,” Dave Maass, an investigative researcher with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, said in an interview with NPR. “It’s been going on for decades. Waze is just basically the new [citizens’ band] radio.”
Maass went on to call police objections to the app hypocritical.
“Police for years have been arguing that what you do in the public space isn’t private,” he said. “They’ve said they can have facial recognition, they can have automatic license plate readers, and that people have no expectation of privacy [in public]. But when the tables are turned, then that’s dangerous?”