Miami cops enter false data on Waze seeking revenge against the crowd-sourced mapping app

Miami cops enter false data on Waze seeking revenge against the crowd-sourced mapping app
Google-owned Waze is a crowd-sourced traffic and mapping app that allows you to hear about incidents that affect your daily commute from accidents, to construction, to cops sitting with the ol' radar gun checking your speed. Most of the incidents are being reported by people driving along the same route that you are, making them more legitimate than those reported on your run-of-the-mill mapping apps.

In Miami, the police are complaining that by showing Waze users where cops are hanging out, their lives are being endangered. "It puts us at risk, puts the public at risk, because it’s going to cause more deadly force encounters between law enforcement and suspects," says Sgt. Javier Ortiz, president of the Miami Fraternal Order of Police.

But Miami cops are fighting back. Hundreds of them have installed Waze for the purpose of sending in false data in a bid to get some measure of revenge against Waze. Meanwhile, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said he doesn’t feel that the app puts his officers in danger at all. "If someone is suffering mental illness and they want to commit a heinous crime or hunt a deputy or a police officer, they don’t need Waze to do that," the Sheriff said.

NBC 6 in Miami broadcast a report by reporter Jamie Guirola that showed how a cop's location showed up on Waze. Sure enough, when the reporter drove past that location, there was the cop right there. The report also shows a cop entering false data on the app. Waze responded to the story by saying that most police partners support the service, including showing the presence of police in a certain area, because drivers usually drive more carefully when they know cops are around.

Google purchased Waze in June 2013 for a price in the range of $1.1 to $1.3 billion.

source: NBCMiami



1. rob5150

Posts: 183; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

I hit post reply to soon before proofreading. Sorry

16. SuperMaoriBro

Posts: 533; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

So what happens if you are looking for a cop because you need their assistance, and the cops have gone and put a hole lot of false locations out there?

18. rallyguy

Posts: 620; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

Who drives around looking for a cop? Just call or go to the police station.

27. SuperMaoriBro

Posts: 533; Member since: Jun 23, 2012


2. rob5150

Posts: 183; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

I wouldn't be surprised if the terms of service prohibit such behavior.

14. jdubtrye

Posts: 20; Member since: Jul 08, 2012

I don't have Waze, but I was assuming the same thing when as I read it. Having a government agency willfully interfering with the viability of a commercial product could get ugly.

5. TimCook

Posts: 450; Member since: Oct 23, 2014

Last time I was in Miami I met two very cute Dominican girs... As soon as they saw my huge iPhone 6 Plus They went crazy about it ... Ever since that event knew big screen iPhones would be a huge success...

7. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3188; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Dude, if a phone was all you had to offer these mamacitas, I'm sure you went to bed alone.

12. Niva.

Posts: 440; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

I can vouch through personal experience that even a phone is not required, let alone a iPhone 6+, so his story is probably true.

8. TerryTerius unregistered

... What does that have to do with this article in any way shape or form? Inadvertent though it may be, the irony of you emulating your personal vision of Tim Cook and bragging about talking to women is kind of hilarious.

11. tacarat

Posts: 854; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

How'd the joke go? Only a man would call five and a half six plus.

6. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3188; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

That's how we roll in the 305. Cops are free to do as they please.

10. Deadeye37

Posts: 312; Member since: Jan 25, 2011

The beauty of waze is that when you get a notification of a report ahead, if it's not there, you can select no longer there and its gone. Their false reports won't last long. On the other hand, I reported a speed trap during this morning's commute and was thanked by 30 users. Glad I could help out!

13. floppyedonkey

Posts: 8; Member since: Feb 11, 2015

Sounds like the PIGS are instigating a response from the public. Hope this does backlash on them... #bloodinthestreets

23. bucky

Posts: 3797; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Let's see if they are pigs when you might need them one day.

29. tedkord

Posts: 17512; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

They're acting like pigs in this story, so they deserve to be called pigs.

15. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

Pigs should restrict their use of Waze to finding where donuts are sold.

17. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

theses cops are pissed because it means people wont commit crimes knowing a cop is nearby. if someone wanted to kill a cop, finding a marked or even unmarked car isn't hard. maybe if cops didn't screw people over, they wouldn't have anything to worry about

32. greyhulk

Posts: 186; Member since: Jun 30, 2010

They're just angry because their speed traps aren't as effective and their traffic ticket revenue is going down. I guess they'll have to do real police work now and have a few less department-funded BBQs.

33. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3188; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Without starting a political war, we (voters) created this problem ourselves. Nobody wants to pay taxes so people vote for anybody promising tax cuts. Well guess what? How do you think public servants are funded? They don't do bake sales or sell Girl Scout cookies. Cops, fireman, prison guards, etc. get paid via taxes. Next time you hit a pothole and bend your shiny 24"s, don't blame anybody but yourself. I'm not singling you out, I'm generalizing.

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