Avoid privacy concerns by ensuring that protecting legislation is in place prior to implementing tolling technologies.
The Washington State Department of Transportation’s experience with planning for tolling implementation.
- Use monitoring photographs for enforcement purposes only
In Washington State, toll payment monitoring photographs may only be used for toll enforcement purposes and must then be destroyed. Additionally, under the public disclosure act, an agency cannot provide any lists of names to a requestor seeking to use the list for commercial purposes. This provides some protection from the commercial use of information about those who purchase transponders for their vehicles.
- Disclose personal information in aggregate form only
Washington code states further that: personally identifying information of persons who acquire and use transponders or other technology to facilitate payment of tolls, may be disclosed in aggregate form as long as the data does not contain any personally identifying information, and that such information may be released to law enforcement agencies only for toll enforcement purposes.
Author: Jeffrey Buxbaum
Published By: Cambridge Systematics
Source Date: September, 2006URL: http://www.wstc.wa.gov/Tolling/FR1_WS_TollStudy_Vol2_Paper08.pdf
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