Wholesale Automobile Surveillance Comes to New York City
New York is installing an automatic toll-collection system for cars in the busiest parts of the city. It's called congestion pricing, and it promises to reduce both traffic and pollution.
The problem is that it keeps an audit log of which cars are driving where. London's congestion pricing system is already being used for counterterrorism purposes -- and now for regular crime as well. The EZPass automatic toll collection system, used in New York and other places, has been used to prove infidelity in divorce court.
There are good reasons for having this system, but I am worried about another wholesale surveillance tool.
EDITED TO ADD (9/4): EZPass records have been used in criminal court as well.
Posted on August 17, 2007 at 6:48 AM • 26 Comments