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Opinion: New Program is "Big Brother in a Licence Plate Renewal Sticker"

RFID

March 11, 2011

An opinion piece in The Telegram explores a plan in St. John's for tracking devices used to monitor traffic as well as parking and speeding infractions. The committee considering putting the technology to use notes, "The information collected from the RFID tag is sent wirelessly to a data server and then forwarded to the appropriate agency. For example, if a car runs a red light at an intersection where there is an RFID reader, the car's information is collected, via the RFID tag, and forwarded to the local police department so that a ticket can be issued." The opinion piece references privacy concerns and the need for "changes to existing legislation to accommodate the technology."
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