EPIC FOIA Notes #5
May 16, 2005
DC Metro Tracks Travelers
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Documents obtained by EPIC from the Washington Metro Authority
reveal that the SmarTrip system collects detailed travel information.
Lack of privacy safeguards for DC Metro riders.
The SmarTrip farecard, which includes an embedded RFID chip, tracks
each rider's metro travel and can be linked to address and credit
card data. Most records held by state agencies are protected by law,
but no similar protections exist for the SmarTrip system.
Even after Metro Board members complained last year that releasing
SmartTrip information would invade riders privacy, the DC Metro
still has no real privacy safeguards. EPIC has urged stronger