Large cities wifitracking because of concerns about privacy

In several major cities stop companies immediately with the tracking of visitors via wifitracking. The Authority for Personal data said earlier that that was illegal.

It goes according to Stentor in any case, the cities of Apeldoorn, Arnhem, Den Haag, Deventer, Groningen, Leeuwarden and Zutphen. There was the wifitracking executed by the company Locatus.

At wifitracking users via their smartphone, followed by the city. The municipality can use this data to see where large people flows. There they can be with measures to respond to them.

Wifitracking is in more and more cities applied, but according to the Authority Personal data that is contrary to the General data protection regulation (AVG). The privacy watch dog warns there earlier this year.

Now is “the legal basis for doing so in the Netherlands eliminated”, says the managing director of trackingbedrijf Locatus against The Stentor. Also made adjustments to the data to anonymize its technically unfeasible and too expensive.

See also:
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