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It is scary for me to know:

#Majority of people post photo of friends on Facebook without understand facial recognition always scans.

#Prefer convenient over privacy, such as Toll Tag on cars.

#Follow trends.




Do you think that paying in cash at the toll booth is any more private? A photo of your license plate is taken at cash toll booths (Northeastern corridor E-ZPass and California Fastrak).

If someone keeps their Twitter handle disambiguated from their personal life, is there a reason why they can't #followallthehashtags?


It is more than that.

most traffic condition on map rely on Toll Tag to measure travel time and speed between points, on normal highway.

Unless you have a detachable tag, otherwise your tag ID will appear on every single major interception, with time, speed between blocks. Most of Tag will ship to your house, and/or auto fill by credit card once the balance is low.

People probably imagine they will be erased after few years, but $sudo happeneds.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/08/17/1412811/-AT-T-and-N...


> Unless you have a detachable tag, otherwise your tag ID will appear on every single major interception, with time, speed between blocks. Most of Tag will ship to your house, and/or auto fill by credit card once the balance is low.

In principle there's no reason the same thing couldn't happen with license plate readers in all but the most dense of traffic. The tags likely make it easier, but with plate-reader technology it should still be possible to do just using license plates.


They're probably not erased after a few years; these records have already been used for criminal investigations. Considering their utility, I'd be surprised if they were erased.

There are a few cases in the news; here's the first one that popped up on my search engine: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melanie_McGuire


The DC metro area performs its traffic tracking via old-fashioned cameras, license plate reading, and pressure sensors in the highway.

I don't really know what the linked story has to do with toll RFID tags or automobile tracking; I was expecting some kind of source that supported your claim.


What scares me is how few people take passwords, anti-virus/anti-malware, clean browsing habits, etc. seriously.

Without better end-node security, individuals and the entire internet are always at risk. (I'm primarily looking at you Windows...). In other words, IMO big government and corporate overreach are minor problems compared to the active-assault going on to dominate the non-technical end-user computers.


What scares me more is what little difference strong passwords, 'anti-virus' and clean browsing makes.


I'm thinking about running Wireshark on my machine to analyze the packets to see what is going on. Or, putting a non-switch ethernet hub between my wifi router and my modem to tap in with Wireshark to see if anything else looks fishy. You're right. We should all be paranoid.




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