April 29th, 2011

For sale, everythng

Posted in The Job - General by 200

Next time you use your GPS I wonder if you’ll think about what happens to the data which is logged back at your GPS-provider of choice’s HQ.

Tom-Tom have recently been outed as selling data from users of its service in Holland to the Dutch police.

Using data from thousands of drivers which mapped out speeds and routes, the Dutch police were able to predict where to get the best returns on their speed traps. Presumably, the data assisted by showing which roads most drivers exceeded the speed limit.

I have a Tom-Tom but when I bought it  I don’t recall being advised that any data generated from my use of the device could be sold to the nearest law enforcement department in order to make shed loads of money the roads safer by catching speeders.

I wonder if anyone over here is doing that too.

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