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TomTom GPS Data Used By Police

28
April
2011
  Posted at 02:00:00 PM
  File under  GPS
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Normandy, France
Click to see where The Netherlands is on a map

For those of you who use a TomTom Open link in a new window GPS on your motorcycle (or car), you know that when installing the GPS, it asks you if your location data can be used for anonymous traffic statistics. Most people say "yes", since it's anonymous. That data is then passed on to third parties for further studies and applications. One such use is by local authorities to determine where traffic jams are created, and when.

That is a good thing, since it means that there could be less traffic jams when traffic/road planners can determine when a traffic jam is created, hopefully avoiding such occurrences in the future.

3D GPS
But one downside has become evident. In The Netherlands (home of TomTom), the same GPS data is apparently being used by the police to find out where vehicles are speeding. They can't fine you, since the data is anonymous, but they do use that data to plan for speed radars. If they find that on one stretch of a road a lot of motorcycles/cars are speeding, then they know they can place a speed radar there. It's not a hit & miss, they know they'll get a good revenue from that camera. If this happens in The Netherlands, it'll happen anywhere.

TomTom have issued a statement that they are not happy with this, but that it is outside their control.

The wonders of technology being used against you. First it was Apple's iPhone that was logging your location without you knowing it, and now it's your GPS turning against you. Back to the good old paper map....

Via: Motor



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