Comment 95308

By StephenBarath (registered) | Posted November 29, 2013 at 13:04:43

I know that this is not and should not be a primary consideration, and I don’t mean to imply that I disagree with the plan wholly or generally when I say this: does anyone else find it troubling that the City would propose a tax-subsidized service that involves possibly tracking users via GPS, and make no mention whatsoever of possible privacy implications? Hopefully there are some mitigation strategies (either the ability for a user to have an anonymous account somehow, or some promise from the company to destroy records upon a trip’s completion, or something), but the fact that City staff do not feel that privacy is sufficiently important to mention this is disappointing. It seems like a no-brainer that when you combine personal information with GPS tracking, privacy comes to mind and should be balanced with whatever benefits the tracking hopes to provide.

That having been said, I think the plan looks great and I’m particularly impressed that they aim for 65 stations. Having low-frills “stations” spread further on the ground makes complete sense in Hamilton.

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