Consumer Alert: TomTom Reportedly Sold GPS User Data To Police To Target Motorists

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – You know what your GPS device is telling you, but do you know how the company is using that information?

WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell With Consumer Reports’ Jeff Bartlett

TomTom had admitted that it provided data to police in the Netherlands.

Jeff Bartlett of Consumer Reports says, “The police are using the information not only to determine traffic flows, but reportedly, they’re also using it to set up speed traps.”

After being caught, the company apologized and said individual privacy was never jeopardized. They also say this was not done in the United States.

Bartlett suggests being away of all privacy policies.

“Certainly, when you sign up for a new service, be mindful of what you are electing to authorize as well as things that may be a default standard,” says Bartlett.

Though, you are already being watched in several places in the Tri-State Area and might not know it.

There are red light cameras in operation in New York City and Newark and other communities are considering them.

New York City is also considering the use of speed cameras.

Are you afraid of ‘big brother’ watching you? Share your thoughts below.

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  • Heath

    For them to get your data you need to connect your tom tom device to your computer and then connect it to the internet in which they tell you that they are collecting your data to improve the tom tom routing.

    I dont think they tell you though that they will sell that data to other companies, if this is the case we should get a % of the money made from the sale of the data or at least get a discount on tom tom devices.

  • Bob_WA

    Sounds like a popular fiction to me. How is Tomtom supposedly getting this data? Unless your gps navigator has a SIM card or a big antenna sticking out, I don’t believe it. The basic stand-alone navigator unit passively reads satellite signals, and doesn’t send out anything to anybody.

  • Survival101

    You bought and paid for big brother to watch you, and double dip by selling the data to make speed traps.

  • Steve

    Well, best idea for EVERYONE who knows about this story is to pass it on to a friend, and tell him to pass it on to his friend, and so on. In the end, no one will buy a Tom tom, and they will be out of business, and rightly so. Thats my plan.

    • martin

      This is a false story. TomTom only knows the average speed per road, and offers these data to traffic consultants, so they know where to build new roads. Without permission from tomtom these consultants forwarded these data to police. Data are anonymous. Like road A had an average speed of 20MPH on 8 AM, so in the morning you can better use road B. This is just a twist from a newspaper to make TomTom look bad. Check the video of tomtom explaining what data these are on

  • kendra

    i don,t find this to surprising that they would do something like that to certain people cause there are alot of cars being pulled on the streets of harlem and they really feel the need to pick on certain groups of people which is a shame …..and that should be illagle if you ask me..cause every1 has a right to privacy ……how would they like if some1 did that to them or 1 of there family members that would be wrong wouldn,t.treat others the way you want to be treated okay and you,ll always get a go pass in this society.

  • StormsNYC

    Here’s a thought, only turn your device on when you actually need directions…

  • Dee Tee

    If they’re going to track us, how about a device that will disable a car if it goes the wrong way on a highway so that we’ll never have another accident similar to the one that decapitated the little girl on the Meadowbrook Parkway a few years ago?

  • Dee

    I just think it is disgusting,that’s all. I have lung cancer and I’m okay as U would pray to be,but I have idiots calling me offering vacations,which is just fine. Now,this is maybe? Funny? But recently I relayed to a teleprompter that I was ill,and when I felt better I’d be going to see quite a few friends and family,out of state because I moved. Well they continued to dispute with me,but…”this is why you need a vacation” It was ludicrous and late,but i wanted to see how far they’d go. My point is that our society is becoming so invasive,that one part of me wants to laugh. but,I think the GPS situation is horrid. Have a good day!

  • Pest

    I’m not araid. I just hate the idea that they’re using these technologies to make or take money from us more efficienly. Not cool that we agree to these things in the name of safety and not cool that we buy these devices for convenience and then find out after that we being targeted after embracing in what I call trust and convenience.

  • Jay

    The U.S. will follow suit shortly. Anything to make our lives more miserable.

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