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Group Warns of Public Transit Privacy Concerns

TRAVELERS’ PRIVACY

October 30, 2012

Privacy International is warning that public transportation companies voluntarily share personal information about travelers with law enforcement agencies, IDG News Service reports. “Every single authority and company we have spoken to so far has shocking practices,” said a spokesman from Privacy International, which has polled 48 transport authorities and companies globally to ask how they handle personal information stored on public transportation cards. “The problem with smart cards is that they record a very fine grain of information,” the spokesman added, in some cases including bank details, e-mails, passwords and telephone numbers. While court orders are required in some countries, that is not the case for others.
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