TomTom Helped Cops Cheat by Selling Driver Data

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Drivers in the Netherlands who noticed that speed traps were a little too perfectly placed lately weren't just being paranoid; turns out local cops have had a wealth of TomTom driving data—including historical speed—at their disposal. Because TomTom sold it to them. Et tu, satnav?


TomTom has since apologized for the privacy breach, saying their original intent was to prevent traffic bottlenecks and and improve safety. Although if they were doing it out of the goodness of their hearts, wouldn't they have just donated the info instead of concocting lucrative licensing deals?

The company also maintained that the data was anonymized, but in this case that's not the point. What TomTom did was to turn its users' own driving against them; pretty shady for a service whose only purpose is to get you from point A to point B. [AP]

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First Apple, now TomTom. All of this accumulation of data about is insane. What will scare me the most is when we, as consumers, consider this a common practice and it is not considered news anymore. I hope that doesn't happen. This is too much.