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TomTom Data Used by Police for Speed Traps

GEO PRIVACY—THE NETHERLANDS

May 3, 2011

Personal navigation device and service provider TomTom is amending its contracts to ban police from using its data after finding out that Dutch police were using it to place speed traps, reports The Wall Street Journal. TomTom collects anonymous data from owners of its devices to provide real-time data to subscribers and also sells the data to governments throughout Europe, Canada and the U.S. Chief Executive Harold Goddijn says that while the company adheres to "strict privacy laws," the realization that the police were using the data in this way was "a sobering experience." While, there is no indication that this has occurred anywhere other than the Netherlands, Goddijn said the company can't rule it out. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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