California's Transportation Privacy Bill Heads to Senate
PRIVACY LAW—U.S.August 25, 2010
The California state assembly last week passed a bill to protect the locational privacy of commuters using the "FasTrak" system to pay road tolls, Palo Alto Online reports. Senate Bill 1286, sponsored by Sen. Joe Simitian (D-Palo Alto), forbids transportation agencies from selling or sharing personal data, requires data be purged when necessary, sets penalties for violations and requires privacy notices. "Personal driving histories are just that, personal," Simitian said. "State law should protect and respect the privacy of California drivers...Where you've been, and when, day after day, year after year, reveals a lot about you." The bill will next go to the senate.