Tracking Transmitter Project Removed from NYC Payphone Booths

Tracking Transmitter Project Removed from NYC Payphone Booths | In Compliance Magazine

An outdoor media company’s project to track people’s movements by installing thousands of transmitters in payphone booths has been revoked by New York City officials. The transmitters, called beacons, send signals to smartphones using Bluetooth.

The company had received approval to place these beacons around the city, but after the project was reported by several news agencies, the city reported that it asked the company to remove the beacons. The company released a statement that the beacons were not intended to track people, and were intended only to “understand how, and if, this technology works in dense urban areas.” They are honoring the city’s request and removing the beacons that had previously been installed.

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