European Data Protection Digest

Motorist Tracking Raises Concerns

GEO PRIVACY—UK

September 26, 2013

Privacy advocates are voicing concerns over reports of the Highways Agency “collecting huge amounts of data from phone companies and other firms that log clients’ location,” Daily Mail reports. While officials have said the information, which is used to help avoid traffic issues, is anonymous, Big Brother Watch’s Nick Pickles commented, “This is yet another example of how our lives are being monitored at an extremely detailed level … People will probably have no idea that this information is being used by the Highways Agency.” A Highways Agency spokesman said, “No individual person, vehicle or device will be identified as only on-road traffic data is used.”
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