APD launches mobile app that can affect your privacy

By: June 7, 2017 6:12 pmViews: 26

ALBUQUERQUE — Residents will now be able to access Albuquerque Police Department services in a new smartphone app called “ABQ Police” unveiled Friday.

APD said when announcing the new mobile app that people will be able to file police reports, crime tips, and get important alerts on their phone. Users can also get real-time crime mapping, stay updated on wanted suspects, and APD sponsored community events.

“That was really the selling point for us on this app,” Police Chief Gorden Eden said. “Not only can you file a police report using the mobile app, you can submit a Crime Stoppers tip.”

The app can access your identity, all contacts, your location, all photos, video and media. The app settings say it can also call phone numbers, add modify or delete contents on your phone storage, prevent device from going to sleep, and has full network access.

The developer of the app said they do not have access to a phone, adding that they also don’t have access to any apps on the phone. They also said they do not store any personal identification.

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