WA Today reports that police are weekly requesting personal information from Perth’s public transport system without a subpoena – and are receiving it.
Police are using the Public Transport Authority’s Smartrider electronic ticketing system to track people’s movements across the network, prompting debate over whether the use of the technology is eroding civil rights.[…]
PTA spokesman David Hynes said every time a person swiped the card the time and location was recorded, enabling a person’s movements to be tracked across the network.[…]
Mr Hynes said police were asking for information weekly and “99 per cent” of the time received it. […]
Mr Hynes said the PTA had strict privacy rules and police had to fill out a form detailing the reasons for the request before any information was released.
He likened the use of the Smartrider system to a passport and said the PTA had not received any complaints.
Except it’s not a passport, people aren’t giving informed consent to the release of their data, and the police are accessing this data without a subpoena.
Does the Privacy Act not apply?