Bill Means No More Anonymity for Toll Users
PERSONAL PRIVACY—NEW ZEALANDAugust 23, 2012
A bill introduced last week would remove an existing legal provision related to motorists, The New Zealand Herald reports. The Government’s Land Transport Management Amendment Bill would allow for the collection of personal information from motorists who use toll roads by not allowing them to pay anonymously. According to the report, civil liberties advocates and the privacy commissioner are concerned. A spokesman for the transport minister said the anonymous system “no longer reflects the working realities of modern tolling systems, which collect vehicle information needed to apply tolls without disrupting traffic.” A NZ Transport Agency official said those concerned about privacy could use non-toll roads.