The Highways Agency is tracking motorists via mobile phones and sat-navs, the Telegraph has reported.

September 28, 2013

The Highways Agency is tracking motorists via mobile phones and sat-navs, the Telegraph has reported. This information is required for two purposes. The first is to monitor traffic flow which might include calculating the number of cars that use a particular road each day, then establishing peek times. Road improvement schemes might then be scheduled to minimise disruption to the general public. Furthermore, phone/sat-nav data is used to identify congestion caused by (say) heavy traffic, a collision, or breakdown. Drivers might then be diverted by overhead motorway signs or their satellite navigation systems. The Highways Agency has claimed that the information comes direct from phone/data companies and does not enable it to follow specific vehicles. Despite this, the Telegraph has reported that Big Brother Watch - a group that campaigns for privacy - says the scheme raises questions about the extent to which people's movements are tracked (and their data utilised) without their knowledge.


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