Just months before millions of its internal documents were stolen and dumped on the internet, the Tennessee-based surveillance company Perceptics was preparing to pitch New York’s transit authority on how it could help enforce impending “congestion pricing” rules, according to leaked documents reviewed by The Intercept. The pitch, as outlined in the files, went well beyond mere toll enforcement and into profiling New Yorkers’ travel patterns and companions, creating what experts describe as major privacy risks.
It’s the definition of a slippery slope: Government starts something on a small scale, with intentions that are hard to argue with, and then blows it all out of proportion. Read the full article at silive.com.
The NYPD has sent a cease and desist letter to Google, demanding that it remove alerts about DWI checkpoints on the Waze driving app. […] “This letter serves to put you on notice that the NYPD has become aware that the Waze Mobile application, a community-driven GPS navigation application owned by Google LLC, currently permits the public to report DWI checkpoints throughout New York City and map these locations on the application,” the NYPD wrote.
The New York City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to approve legislation, authored by Councilman Steven Matteo (R-Mid-Island), that will require the Department of Transportation (DOT) to install pedestrian countdown clocks at all intersections that feature red light cameras. Read the full article at silive.com
Mayor Bill de Blasio on Wednesday urged state lawmakers to act on the expansion of additional speed cameras in the city and the redesign of a deadly intersection. Read the full article at News12 Brooklyn.
A state Senate bill to allow New York City to install more cameras on streets near schools to catch speeding drivers has won the support of a major holdout, state Sen. Marty Golden, who announced that he is backing the legislation following a meeting he had with transportation safety advocates. Read the full article at Brooklyn Daily Eagle.