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MassDOT to Archive Long-Term Driver Data

A state board approved recommendations that will allow the speed of cars going through to be saved for 30 days

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    With all-electronic tolling coming in Massachusetts, the data the state will store is raising privacy concerns. (Published Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016)

    There are new privacy concerns surrounding the Massachusetts' new all-electronic tolling set to replace booths as the state could keep information about you and your car for years.

    MassDOT says it could keep your information for up to seven years. But officials are saying there's nothing to worry about.

    According to the Boston Herald, a state board approved recommendations that will allow the speed of cars going through to be saved for 30 days. 

    Videos of the cars passing underneath will be archived for six months and license plates of drivers without EZPass transponders will be kept for seven years. 

    Privacy advocates say there's no need to keep information that long for the purpose of billing. 

    Some say this data paints a picture of when and where you're driving, which could make you susceptible to theft. 

    MassDOT wants to make it clear that a privacy strategy will be in place to make sure personal data isn't kept unnecessarily. 

    These new overhead toll archways are scheduled to go live on October 28.

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