updated 04:00 pm EDT, Wed April 27, 2011
TomTom data used for speed traps in Europe
Location data users choose to share with TomTom also ends up being shared with the police in the Netherlands, according to Dutch news outlet AD. The authorities use it to see which areas are the fastest travelled, and therefore where to set up speed traps. While data is anonymous and users cannot be identified when they're speeding, it still poses a possible fine to motorists.
A public backlash has emerged over the situation, and TomTom has tried to address the claims in the report. While TomTom admitted it shares location and traffic data with local governments and authorities so they can ease congestion and how to make roads safer, it also said that it will prevent this type of usage in the future. TomTom CEO Harold Goddijn said in in a video interview (below) that his company doesn't like this type of usage of its data because its customers object.