New York traffic agencies are tracking motorists across the state by
connecting to their toll tags mounted to their windshields, even when
the drivers are no where near a toll booth.
Both the New York City Department of Transportation and Transcom, a
traffic management agency, admitted that for nearly 20 years they have
been using antennas to connect to E-ZPass toll tags in vehicles driving
across more than 3,000 miles of public, non-toll roads, not just in New
York but neighboring states as well.
“We’re being watched in ways that I think none of us would have
imagined,” Donna Lieberman, the executive director of the New York Civil
Liberties Union, told WBGO.org. “It’s happening without any public scrutiny, without any decision that’s consistent with checks and balances.”
A privacy advocate discovered the massive size of the program after
he created a device that alerted him every time his toll tag connected
to an antenna.
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