Not so private policy
Posted 01 May 2017
The LinkNYC policy can be updated at any time. Instead, however, its permanence should be explicitly stated in the program’s charter. And, even with decent privacy policies in place, in the past few years we have learned about countless data breaches and gross violations, such as AT&T selling customer data to law enforcement.
Rethink Link is in the process of closely analyzing the differences between the two texts and assembling our critiques of the new policy as annotations on top of the policy itself: via.hypothes.is/https://link.nyc/privacy-policy.html. Log in to hypothes.is to join the conversation!
On Monday April 24th the New York City Council conducted an oversight hearing on the Privacy of City Data (00:34:19):
Commissioner Roest—The Mayor’s Office has issued guidelines for the Internet of Things - iot.cityofnewyork.us/privacy-and-transparency/, which are far more stringent and respectful of citizen data than the brand new LinkNYC policy. These proposed IoT guidelines commit “to being open and transparent about the “who, what, where, when, why and how” of data collection, transmission, processing and use.”
Are you truly open to hearing our concerns? Stronger privacy policies are necessary, but not sufficient. We need to reverse this reckless endangerment of our Fourth Amendment right to privacy by stopping this Orwellian nightmare.