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January 15, 2020

New white paper investigates New York City's proposed congestion pricing system

Albert Fox Cahn

The Engelberg Center on Innovation Law & Policy is pleased to announce the release of its newest whitepaper: Congestion Privacy. We are publishing the paper with the Surveillance Technology Oversight Project (STOP). Engelberg Center Fellow Albert Fox Cahn is the Executive Director of STOP.

Congestion Privacy investigates the privacy impact of New York City’s congestion pricing system. The system leverages a broad range of technologies to charge a fee for driving personal vehicles into portions of Manhattan.

The whitepaper reviews MTA documents and contractor proposals that suggest the MTA may implement tracking systems that create a perpetual log of every vehicle, driver, and passenger entering the congestion zone. The paper analyzes the impact the potential for misuse of that information by law enforcement, hackers, and immigration officials.

You can read the entire paper here.