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Real-time traffic map draws privacy concerns

By Michael Mui, 24 Hours Vancouver




A new, real-time traffic-monitoring network that reads cell phone movement is drawing criticism from the B.C. Civil Liberties Association who is asking the province’s privacy watchdog to step in.

On Thursday, BCCLA lawyer Micheal Vonn said completing a privacy assessment is the only way British Columbians can ensure no personal data is recorded when the TransLink contractor draws its information to use in the $1.2-million map.

The map, hosted on, interprets cell phone movement to determine how congested Lower Mainland roads are in real time by tracking travel speed. TransLink, which manages the technology, has publicly said all personal information is removed prior to using the data.

Vonn, however, said taking the government at its word isn’t good enough.

“The pretense that your location tracked to your cell phone is somehow not a privacy concern is ludicrous,” she said.

“This is exactly the kind of program that should be vetted by the privacy commissioner.”










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