13 Aug BC Privacy Office To Investigate TransLink Data Sharing Issue
The British Columbia’s information and privacy office will be looking into an issue regarding the sharing of rider data between transportation authorities and law enforcement agencies.
The investigation was prompted by a news item which revealed that the the Metro Vancouver transportation authority had been regularly sharing the personal information of riders to police even without the need for warrants. Data being shared include names, phone numbers, email addresses and travel history. Individuals whose data is involved were also not any notifications.
The amount of data being passed on to enforcement agencies has also risen in the past two years, with as much as 30% over 2016.
A Leadnow petition which asks TransLink to reconsider their policies on data sharing is being circulated.
Source: The Tyee