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U.S. senators want cop-alert apps pulled

Four United States senators asked Scott Forstall, Apple's iPhone software manager, to pull an unspecified number of iOS applications from his company's iTunes App Store, saying the apps are "harmful to public safety."

The apps that the American senators have a problem with are apps that are used to help locate and evade police checkpoints. Not only do these apps help you locate accidents and speed traps, among other things, but the apps can also locate checkpoints set up to catch drunk drivers, which is where the senators take issue.

"Giving drunk drivers a free tool to evade checkpoints, putting innocent families and children at risk, is a matter of public concern," the senators said in a letter to Forstall of Apple, Google's Eric Schmidt and Research In Motion's Michael Lazaridis and James Balsillie.

"We hope that you will give our request to remove these applications from your store immediate consideration, sentaors Harry Reid, Charles Schumer, Frank Lautenberg and Tom Udall wrote.

Fuzz Alert is one such iPhone app that "compiles a list of speed traps and other traps based off user input to the iphone application or directly from the fuzz alert website. These known speed traps will alert the iphone user of approaching speed traps, DUI/DWI check points, speed cameras or red light cameras," the company's website states. The senators don't seem to have a problem with speeding, however.

Neither Apple, Google, nor Research In Motion has so far responded to requests for comment.