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Apple updates App Store guidelines bans DUI checkpoint apps

first_imgApple announced a ton of new software updates earlier this week at its Worldwide Developers Conference. Along with the iOS 5, iCloud, and Lion OS X announcements, Apple also made some changes to what apps can be submitted to the iTunes App Store. One of the noticeable changes in the guidelines is that Apple will no longer accept any apps that promote driving under the influence of alcohol.The apps that are no longer being allowed in the App Store are designed to notify users of DUI checkpoints set up by law enforcement agencies. Apple said these apps encourage and enable drunk driving. Honestly, we’re surprised these apps were even able to exist in the App Store this long. AOL’s AutoBlog discovered the update to the guidelines, listed in Section 22.8 in Apple’s App Store Review Guidelines. You have to have an Apple Developer account to see the guidelines.It didn’t take long for Apple to change its rules after receiving a letter from a group of U.S. senators asking Apple, along with Google and Research in Motion, to remove the apps from their respective app stores. The letter, sent to Apple’s senior vice president of iPhone software, Scott Forstall, said that 10,000 Americans die in drunk-driving crashes every year, and that an app that tells them where the D.U.I. checkpoints are is extremely harmful to public safety.Neither Google nor RIM has changed their app review guidelines yet, but they’ll probably follow suit now that Apple has.Via NYTlast_img read more