Sorry drunk drivers, Apple's app store can't help you evade the law anymore.
Apple has updated its App Store Review Guidelines to ban implementation of driving under the influence (DUI) checkpoints in apps for iOS-based devices. Apple, along with Google's Android app store and Research In Motion's Blackberry App World, faced pressure from various sources including Congress to remove any apps which helped people evade DUI checkpoints.
Apps which contain DUI checkpoints that are not published by law enforcement agencies, or encourage and enable drunk driving, will be rejected, it now says on section 22.8 of the updated guidelines.
In March, Senators Harry Reid (D-Nev), Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) and Tom Udall (D-N.M.) sent a letter to Apple, Google and R.I.M. asking them to take down the apps. RIM complied right away. Google said it was not going to comply. Finally, Apple, who received pressure from Senator Schumer at a recent privacy hearing on Capitol Hill, has decided to take down the app.
The guideline only prohibits DUI checkpoint apps. It says nothing about speed traps, which has not been a focal point by the congressmen.
Apple has had to deal with numerous controversial apps in the past. The company was given flack of one app, which provided the cure for gay people.
Apple did not respond to a request for comment.