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posted by janrinok on Tuesday March 11 2014, @10:03AM   Printer-friendly
from the be-alert,-the-country-needs-more-lerts dept.

frojack writes:

"Amber alerts on our smartphones are starting to become all too frequent, and like most things, they are burdened with a certain degree of Feature Creep. Not just for abducted children anymore, the Alert system in US carrier sold phones can carry Presidential Alerts, Imminent Threat Alerts (weather or forest fires mostly) and the original AMBER alert for missing children.

Its not clear the President is ever going to have a single message for the entire population, where that message will make any difference to the average citizen. But then, this category is seldom abused. Weather broadcasts are invariably too late, historically too widely distributed, and often simply redundant. And Amber Alerts are, in the majority of cases, custody disputes, where the child is never in any real danger.

Amber Alerts are quickly becoming viewed as security theater, and the most abused aspect of the entire system. This has increasing numbers of people opting out of the alerts on their phones as a result.

The Amber system is the "third rail" of child safety discussions, and few agencies are willing to address its failings. Do we need additional shades of Amber, or the ability to filter custody disputes from the system?"

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  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 11 2014, @03:13PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 11 2014, @03:13PM (#14690)

    Before that, law enforcement relied on citizens to be alert and to assist the laughably few constables, marshals, etc. when an emergency occurred. So under certain circumstances I think it makes sense to remember that the police can and should call for help from regular people. To expect the police to do all the work all the time is too sheep-like for my comfort.

    Screw it. They decided the citizens couldn't have any authority, so they can take the responsibility and shove it.

    I think the GP's point is that citizens should have more authority. By the police and citizens working together, the hope would be that we would get police which don't consider every unknown citizen they encounter to be their enemy and that citizens in turn don't have to consider every unknown member of the police to be their enemy.

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