The debate over data privacy continues, only this time, it’s focused around scooters.
The dispute comes as L.A. city guidelines request that scooter-operating companies share real-time location data from every trip with transportation officials. The Los Angeles Department of Transportation is asking companies to hand over data on the start point, end point and total duration of each trip on dockless scooters. The Department says the data will help ensure that the scooters are meeting the limits on permissible amount of scooters per company, equally serve all areas of the city and help officials enforce parking and restricted zones, among other reasons.
Opponents state privacy concerns, arguing that transportation data could reveal sensitive details about riders that could potentially be misused if handled improperly. Although the data collected will not include a name, critics fear the information could lead to an identifiable source.