Citizen, the real-time crime alerting app, is growing in big cities using Scanners

MtnBiker2005

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Nice article on CNN



Now, Citizen is adding features to allow people to see if their friends or family are nearby an alerted emergency, such as a building fire, for example. They'll be able to see which of their friends were sent an alert and check in with them, or can rest easier if no friends are nearby. Citizen is also adding a direct messaging feature so people can contact friends through the app.

According to CEO and founder Andrew Frame, the networking capabilities are "a natural evolution for us to transition to a network product where you're connected not only to the incidents and crimes around you but also to your friends and family."

It serves a similar purpose as Facebook's Safety Check feature, which encourages people to let their family and friends know if they're safe in the event of major incidents like a mass shooting, a building collapse, or a hurricane. Citizen's evolution with these features comes at a time when some of these events seem to be happening with greater regularity.
 

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Oh, another app that wants to know your location and who your friends and family are. And where they are. Awesome...
And i'm sure the app will need access to the camera & mic functions, the ability to make calls, and system level access to download updates to itself...as well as full access to your contacts.
 

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And i'm sure the app will need access to the camera & mic functions, the ability to make calls, and system level access to download updates to itself...as well as full access to your contacts.
Anyone you wouldn't want having that info already does. They sold you the phone, oversee your network and don't report it, it's just there. If you own a smart phone, you're already done. Think about this, how does Alexa, siri or Google know when you say their name? They've been listening, looking, tracking you send your purchases and interactions for a long time.
When the whole harmless meta-data argument unfolded, it was too late.
Consider this, what made HD TV better than standard? More pixels right?
Same with data points. Then they sell the info to the highest bidders, and the advertisers take over....
 

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how does Alexa, siri or Google know when you say their name? They've been listening, looking, tracking you send your purchases and interactions for a long time.
Been disabling that stuff since before it was cool, thanks.
 
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