EPIC & CDT Amicus Brief Highlights Dangers of Unchecked Government Collection of E-Scooter Location Data

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LEGENDARY and the Center for Democracy & Technology have submitted an amicus short supporting Los Angeles residents’ court battle against the city initiative to collect comprehensive location information on all person e-scooter trips taken in La. The lawsuit is currently upon appeal after the trial courtroom dismissed the case because it discovered no privacy interest in the information. EPIC and CDT’s amicus brief describes how La spearheaded a new data selection pipeline called the Mobility Information Specification (or MDS) in order to standardize the location data that will ride share providers gather so that the data can easily be revealed to governments for analysis— and, potentially, surveillance. LEGENDARY and CDT wrote that will MDS has the “power to show a so-called ‘smart city’ into a surveillance state that is usually inimical to the Fourth Variation. ” The amicus short describes how MDS was created to track any shared flexibility vehicle, and that Los Angeles currently had plans to broaden the program to rideshare information from Uber and Lyft. EPIC and CDT furthermore argued that the city’s plan goals could be achieved without having collecting individual trip information, and described how aggregation, differential privacy, and sample are widely used to analyze flexibility data and protect personal privacy more than bulk disclosure associated with individualized trip data. LEGENDARY routinely files amicus briefs in the event applying the Fourth Amendment in order to novel technologies.

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