Highways Agency tracks millions of motorists' handsets in 'smart' trials
Date published: 24th September 2013
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.
However, Big Brother Watch, the privacy campaign group, said the scheme raised more questions about the extent to which people’s movements were being tracked and their data used without their knowledge.
Nick Pickles, its director, said: “This yet another example of how our lives are being monitored at an extremely detailed level, and just how much of that data is being shared and sold on for a vast range of purposes.