The head of the New York Civil Liberties Union is expressing concerns about the privacy of people using free Wi-Fi throughout the city.

New York City is in the process of replacing more than 7,500 payphones with free Wi-Fi kiosks. The LinkNYC initiative is run by a company called CityBridge.

But the NYCLU’s Donna Lieberman is concerned, saying CityBridge offers in its privacy policy to make efforts to clear out users’ personal information only after they’ve been inactive for a year. That means New Yorkers who use the service regularly could have their info stored for the rest of their lives.

“It gives up information about not just sort of what they’re doing, but what they’re thinking,” Lieberman told WCBS 880’s Stephanie Colombini.

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