Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Checkpoint Charlie

From the Boston Herald:

Over the coming year, the T will install automated fare collection equipment at every subway station and on every bus, allowing riders to pay easily with taps of special smart cards in their names.
But each transaction with the plastic CharlieCards will be recorded electronically, creating a record of where users were at a particular time on a particular day. Those records could be subpoenaed by cops, courts or even lawyers in civil cases.

Riders who don’t want the T keeping records on their movements can continue to buy paper CharlieTickets after the new system is fully operational sometime in early 2007.
“If you want to be anonymous, use cash for a ticket and there’s nothing tracked at all,” advised Grabauskas, who said he expects many commuters will choose the convenience of CharlieCards.

Yes, yes, I know. If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to worry about.

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