Highways Agency tracks millions of motorists’ handsets in ‘smart’ trials


The movements of motorists are being tracked through their mobile phones and satellite navigation systems in a scheme that has provoked warnings from privacy campaigners about the use of personal data.

Steve Hawkes
Telegraph.co.uk
Sept. 23, 2013

The Highways Agency is harvesting information from the devices as part of a project to monitor traffic flow and ease congestion.

The information is being passed on by mobile phone companies and other data firms so the agency can identify areas of heavy traffic and help motorists avoid them.

The agency says that all the information it receives is processed and anonymous so that the movements of an individual motorist cannot be identified.

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