Regardless the fact remains, that with the system in place now, they were guilty of a crime and there was certainly reason for suspicion that they were.
In case you do not know the scam, you go buy low value gift cards and empty them. You then imprint them with the card data from stolen gift cards of the same brand. The scratch off pin is supposed to help prevent this but does not. The stolen numbers may come from skimmers or data breaches. Now you can spend the stolen numbers.
In this situation, there was enough suspicion for probable cause to confiscate the cards. If the evidence is collected properly with PC or warrant, then it matters little if the officer can scan them or not. If he cannot complete an investigation on the materials with the tools at hand they will be sent for further analysis. This is no different than a white powder or green leafy substance on the dash. Maybe it is spilled and dried lettuce from a taco bell taco, maybe not (don't take that the wrong way, I think pot should be legal). However the same rules apply for any suspected illegal item that is confiscated legally.
The option here is to go to another search provider if you do not like it. With NN, the object is to protect network users from their traffic being deprioritized in ways they cannot control.
Or maybe I should vote with my feet and drop them all, set up some sort of packet radio link or use smoke signals.
Better yet, I will build my own network, it will be perfect, with cocaine and hookers, except the cost barriers and local regulation barriers are so high as to be impassable.
Tell me kind sir, how the fuck am I supposed to vote with my feet?
If someone needs to borrow the car and does not have an Android or even a phone to link to the display, so what. They just do not get to use that feature. The could get a dock and use their phone without the in car link, or for longer trips arrangements could be made.
There is no real problem here except one you are creating. The real question is, what agenda are you following to push a straw man argument like that.
Just about anyone who owns a car will own at least one smartphone, so it is wasteful in the extreme both in dev hours and materials to duplicate this functionality poorly. Take it out and give users the option to roll their own solution with Waze/Garmin/Whatever.
My mother is a fish. - William Faulkner