By Melanie Reid
Your Privacy on the Road: What is Collected and How it is Utilized
By Melanie Reid
Introduction:When you go for a quiet ride on the open road, how much privacy do you have? The answer is a lot less than you think. Consider these three scenarios: Scenario 1: Surveillance cameras on public roadways Driver X is late for work. She grabs her coffee and toasted bagel and jumps in the car. Her smart phone sends her an alert that it will take approximately forty-five minutes to get to work today. She needs to hurry. As she is driving, she fiddles with the Apple CarPlay system and chooses to play the podcast she was listening to earlier that morning. A red-light camera takes a picture of her and her car at that moment as she drives through a yellow-turning-red light at a busy intersection. She will receive the traffic violation in the mail a week later. Unaware her picture was just taken; she then asks the GPS in her car to find the quickest route to work and settles in to eat her bagel and drink her coffee. The traffic seems heavier than normal, so she decides to take a toll road (even though she left her E-Z pass transponder in her husband’s car). Cameras and antennas are suspended above the toll road to collect the fees electronically. The toll road cameras take photos of the front and back of Driver X’s car, and sensors in the ground follow her car as she changes lanes . . .
|Journal of Law and Technology at Texas | Austin, TX
|Melanie Reid, Your Privacy on the Road: What is Collected and How it is Utilized, 6 J.L. & TECH. TEX. 34 (2022–23).
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