Cashless Toll Booths Mean Increased Surveillance
SURVEILLANCE—U.S.February 14, 2011
As the U.S. population grows, so will the number of cars on its highways, creating significant congestion problems on roads and at toll booths. As a potential solution, highway administrators have proposed controlling congestion by implementing new cashless technologies such as RFID transponders and license plate readers to charge demand-based pricing and catch those avoiding tolls. But such practices require increased surveillance. Timothy Lee opines in Ars Technica that much stronger legal and technological safeguards must be put in place ahead of cashless tolling in order to avoid the privacy concerns such surveillance creates.