New App Makes Sure You Always Have An Alibi
To always have 'an alibi.'
From here on out, you can have an alibi right inside your pocket.
That's the result of Jeff Myers' latest app, properly dubbed "Alibi." Using software that takes pictures every five seconds, records audio and tracks GPS without draining your battery, Alibi was built to give people the power of evidence. Always.
"The idea was conceived at a traffic stop," Myers told A+. "A civilian gets pulled over and has the app running on his phone. If an officer gives you problems or does something you think is unjust, you have evidence."
But Myers and his team of software developers aren't taking sides, or even trying to give civilians an upper hand on police. In fact, Myers is exploring ways he can get his application out to police forces, which he hopes could even alleviate the $75 million budget President Obama is pushing for to give all police body cameras.
"We don't want to side with or against the police or protestors," Myers said. "We just want to make a tool, and if there is evidence it makes both sides accountable."
Here is how it works: when you download the app, you can activate it in the beginning of your day. From there on out, the application will take a picture every five seconds, record audio, and track your location. Every hour the application wipes itself clean and resets, so none of your "evidence" stays unless you open it and choose to save your last hour of recording.
In this way, Alibi always giving you a safety net, but only keeping material if you ask it to. Myers said his team has been working on this for months, and the recent wave of calls for more police accountability was just a serendipitous coincidence that timed well with their launch.
Still, there are a few different concerns: what about police who will destroy your phone if they suspect you're recording? Myers got feedback from users in Thailand who wanted a way to upload the content to an external server like Dropbox, but he worries it'd turn people off to know their data was somewhere other than their personal device.
It's also important to remember there are consent laws for recording that vary by state, and people need to comply with these laws. If Myers could sum up his hope for the application in one statement, this is what he said it'd be:
"Please, everybody just respect the privacy of others and use it in a way that you think is good for your safety or as evidence and just don't abuse it."
Myers conluded that if he saw the app doing more bad than good, they'd take it down. Time will only tell.
The app is only available for Android
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