Forget Voting Machines, Open The Code For Breathalyzers
from the take-me-drunk-i'm-home dept
As electronic voting machines have become popular, there's been a big call for the companies that make them to release their code for public scrutiny. The most notorious vendor, Diebold, continues to resist, but the clamor for opening the code of other machines is growing, with breathalyzers the latest target. Laywers for 150 people charged with drunk driving in Florida are asking to see the source code of the breathalyzers that got their clients arrested. The software for the device in question was approved by the state in 1993, but has seen numerous changes since then, and an earlier ruling said defendants could look at manuals and schematics for the machines. The company that makes them, of course, says the 25-year-old-software is a trade secret and opposes the motion.