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Interesting Psak: Telling Waze You Are the Passenger

By Gldmeier @gldmeier
Have you ever sat down in your car and used Waze, or even to put in an address while driving, maybe while sitting at a red light or while sitting in traffic, and got that annoying pop-up warning you not to use Waze if you are the driver and forcing you to confirm that you are the passenger, even if you are driving?
Rav Shmuel Eliyahu, Chief Rabbi of Tzfat, was asked if it is permitted to click on the button in Waze stating you are a passenger when you are the driver or is it considered lying.
Rav Eliyahu responded that this falls under the prohibition against lying just like any other time, even though you are not lying to another person and it is just clicking a button and in an app. Rav Eliyahu responded saying you are not allowed to lie because it is a lie. You cannot lie to Waze, you cannot lie on the computer, you cannot lie on the Internet. You cannot lie to yourself. Lying has nothing to do with anybody else. Not lying is for yourself. Don't teach yourself to lie.
source: Srugim
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