29 Jul NY Drivers’ Phone Usage Tracker ‘Textalyzer’ Questioned by Privacy Advocates
New York — Last Friday, a report stated that privacy supporters in New York were wary about the invasive use of the Textalyzer, a monitoring device that helps authorities track when people are texting while driving.
Those in favor argue that the content of their texts won’t be pried upon by police, including private photos and emails.
However, privacy supporters reason that the police is given too much authority on when to use the Textalyzer, which makes it prone to a lot of prejudice. According to privacy law expert Neil Richards, the people shouldn’t let the government spy into their digital lives. He maintains the right way to do it is to secure the appropriate warrants to obtain phone records.
To date, 46 states have declared it illegal to text while driving, with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration stating that 3,477 people died in 2015 because of car accidents involving distracted drivers.
Source: NBC News