2017-12-14 / News

State: Toll gantry data will be used on limited basis

In a rebuff to Big Brother on the highways, the R.I. Department of Transportation has adopted new regulations designed to protect the privacy of motorists when the state’s new truck tolling takes effect.

The rules, filed this week with the secretary of state, will replace an earlier version of the tolling regulations that contained no privacy protections from the cameras that will operate at the toll gantries.

The state’s planned toll system will use technology to capture information from every motor vehicle going under the gantries, even though only semis will be assessed toll fees. Specifically, the new system will capture all license plates on the highway with their date, time and GPS locations.

The newly adopted regulations specify:

Any data gathered will be used

solely for toll collection purposes, and cannot be sold, traded, or exchanged for any other reason.

The data cannot be made available to law enforcement or other agencies except pursuant to a valid court order.

All data of vehicles not subject to a toll “shall be destroyed as promptly as technologically feasible,” but not more than seven days after the image was recorded.

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