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Border Surveillance Firm Aims to Profile NYC Drivers and Passengers

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Tennessee-based surveillance company Perceptics pitched New York’s transit authority on how it could help enforce impending “congestion pricing” rules, according to leaked documents.

The pitch, as outlined in the files, went well beyond mere toll enforcement and into profiling New Yorkers’ travel patterns and companions, creating what experts describe as major privacy risks.

According to an internal presentation released by the Perceptics hacker, the company pitched New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority earlier this year on how Perceptics’ car-scanning camera arrays could help the MTA track down drivers.

An MTA spokesperson told The Intercept that “all details are still to be determined” regarding congestion pricing enforcement.

Curated from The Intercept

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