European Data Protection Digest

Police Requests for Oyster Card Data Up

GEO PRIVACY—UK

December 17, 2010

Chairman of the London Green Party, Noel Lynch, is calling for privacy safeguards in response to figures showing that the Met Police requested 6,074 records from Transport for London (TfL) through October of this year, reports BBC News. This number is up from 5,619 in 2009, and many of the requests are for data from Oyster smartcards. A TfL spokesperson said, "requests for information on the Oyster system are subject to strict rules and procedures. Each request must relate to a specific police investigation." But Lynch argues, "while this information may have a role to play as an investigative tool...it is vital that there are rigorous safeguards to protect people's privacy."
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