Senator Schumer Wants To Censor Google & Apple; Displays Ignorance Of Law
from the uh,-whoops dept
Schumer found that to be preposterous:
“I don’t know of a police department that would publish where all of the checkpoints would be,” replies Schumer, calling Tribble’s response “a weak read.”Of course, as Danny Sullivan points out, in California, it's actually required by law for all police departments to provide advance notice of roadblocks to the public. In fact, part of the reasoning is that publishing such info, so that people know there are such checkpoints, actually works as a disincentive for people to drink and drive.
It would appear that Senator Schumer owes Tribble a pretty big apology for calling his response "a weak read," when Tribble's response was completely accurate, and Schumer's belief was incorrect.
Of course, the bigger issue here is that a representative for the US government is asking private companies to censor software and putting significant public pressure on them to do so. That seems to go against an even bigger principle, one found in the First Amendment. Perhaps Schumer can be forgiven for not knowing California state law, seeing as he's not a resident here. But you would think he understood the First Amendment.