In Brief

Not only are we under surveillance we have to pay for the dubious privilege."The New York City TLC, the governing body of New York's 13,000 taxis, passed a law last year that mandates "taxicab technology systems" be installed in all city cabs starting...

Those New Yorkers among you may have seen the latest attempt to stick a TV in the back of a cab recently (how many times have they tried?). The new system not only gets you a couple of minutes of TV fodder but also allows you to pay by credit card and work out where your taxi is on a map. The map is powered through GPS. And it’s this tracking that’s concerned some taxi drivers. EWeek reports:

“There are two issues. One is moral and constitutional, the other is financial,” said NYTWA spokesman Bill Lindauer, in New York. “Under the system [mandated by TLC] drivers are tracked, they’re spied upon. It’s like we’re under surveillance. Not only are we under surveillance we have to pay for the dubious privilege.”

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