Published on March 2nd, 2012 | by James Johnson0
Homeland Security Launches Suspicious Activity App For iOS and Google Android
The US Department of Homeland Security’s West Virginia branch has released a new mobile application that allows citizens to report suspicious activity directly from their iOS and Android based devices.
The app is known as the Suspicious Activity Reporting Application and according to Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin:
“With the assistance of our citizens, important information can quickly get into the hands of our law enforcement community allowing them to provide better protection.”
To use the application users simply take photos and then choose to submit them with notes and even geolocation based information. Annotations for photos can include date and location information, the “Subject’s” name, gender, eye color, hair style and other options that could help law enforcement agencies.
Users can also submit their own contact information in case authorities have more questions, however anonymous message sending has also been made available.
After a photo has been taken, information has been entered and a user clicks on the green “Submit Report” bar that information heads directly to the Virginia Intelligence Fusion Center which passes information to state law enforcement officers and workers at the Department of Homeland Security.
While the app might seem a little creepy to some it’s not the first to go live, an iPhone app from the Kentucky state homeland security division last year, that application is called “Eyes and Ears on Kentucky.”
Other services including a national program are in the works but if and when those applications may come to market is not known at this time.
Do you think the US Department of Homeland Security is going to far?
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