Open to electronic tolls
The huge amount of media interest in electronic tolling and the privacy issues it raises point to the fact that the ACLU is far from the only entity concerned about how the state will handle the sensitive information it collects about motorists (“Open roads, open minds,” Aug. 24). But the Herald’s editorial did not make it clear: We don’t oppose the shift to a more efficient system by the state’s Department of Transportation. We simply want to make sure adequate privacy protections are part of the overhaul.
That means: Only collect what you need, secure the information with encryption, limit internal access, require police to get a warrant except in emergencies and delete data as soon as possible.
If the Herald is concerned about foreign hackers, the paper should agree with these basic principles. Encrypted information frustrates hackers; the records are even less useful if they have been purged from servers.
We can have new technology and privacy, too. We just need good policy and law to require it.
Additional coverage of electronic tolling featuring the ACLU of Massachusetts:
- Privacy SOS: Yes, it's true: we can have new technology and our constitutional rights
- Fox 25: MassPike's new tolling system will launch Oct. 28
- WGBH: Goodbye Toll Plazas, Hello Gantries
- NECN: Are You Being Tracked?
- WBUR: Electronic Tolling And Privacy
- Boston Globe: New Mass. Pike gantries could track vehicles, raising privacy concerns
- WCVB: Open-road tolling system feature worries privacy advocates; State argues it could save lives
- Channel 7 News: MassPike’s new tolling system to launch Oct. 28