Maryland Will Begin Photographing Vehicles That Don’t Use EZ Pass Toll System

Maryland will reportedly spend $183 million to make changes to the EZ Pass electronic toll collection system. Under the system, toll booths would be replaced by overpasses under which motorists could drive without slowing down. Sensors would deduct tolls from…

New York taxi drivers protest proposal to install GPS in vehicles

NYC cab drivers are rallying against the Taxi and Limousine Commission's plan to outfit cabs with Gloabl Positioning Satellite systems, claiming that it violates their right to privacy. In an article in AM New York, the head of the New…

Missouri: State Spies on Drivers Through Cell Phones

The state of Missouri has begun a program to track individual movements on highways through cell phones:The Missouri Department of Transportation will spend $3 million annually on a program to monitor the movements of individuals on highways via their cell…

Big Brother 2.0: James McQuivey on the coming Surveillance Society

I recently came across James McQuivey's blog Big Brother 2.0, which seems to be a launch-pad for his forthcoming book: Big Brother 2.0: Why We Should Become a Surveillance Society. His thesis appears to be that the coming "surveillance society"…

DOJ wants your ISP be its watchdog

Representing a greater online privacy threat than cookies or spyware, the DOJ is considering making Internet service providers retain records of their customers' online activities. From the CNet article: The U.S. Department of Justice is quietly shopping around the explosive…

Ubiquitous Cameras & Privacy in Public

My earlier discussion of privacy as Contextual Integrity builds on the problem of "privacy in public and how public surveillance has become a part of a modern citizen’s everyday life. This AP article drives home just how ubiquitous surveillance cameras…

How to Make Traffic Cameras Respect Privacy

LawMeme links to a paper suggesting a cryptographic scheme to make traffic cameras that respect driver privacy:The basic idea is to replace cameras that snap pictures of license plates with EZ-Pass style transponders. On detecting a violation, the traffic enforcement…

Summary of incidents cataloged at The Privacy Law Blog

David Fraser at The Privacy Law Blog has an excellent post today cataloging incidents over the past year related to inappropriate release of personal information. The list is frightening both for its length and for the realization that countless incidents…