OV-chipkaart deemed no threat to Rotterdam metro travellers

Jeremy Phillips

According to a news item on Radio Netherlands Jacob Kohnstamm, who heads the Dutch Data Protection Authority, has indicated that his office it no longer objects to the public transport smart card (OV-chipkaart) which becomes compulsory for users of the Rotterdam metro on 29 January. For the past three years the Authority has expressed its concern that not enough attention had been paid to the privacy of card users’ personal details, observing that it would be possible for transport companies to pinpoint the exact location of travellers. It has now been explained that the personal details of those who purchase a card will not be retained.

Data and privacy issues relating to London’s Oyster card here; Oyster privacy policy here

New York Metro privacy policy here

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