Now you just can’t resist reading a post with that title can you?
But this is really about privacy and how transponder-based toll systems violate it. Apparently sharper divorce attorneys have figured out that if a spouse is accused of cheating, it’s pretty easy to subpoena their transponder records and point it out in court that they were somewhere they had no business being. From Fox News:
“E-ZPass is an E-ZPass to go directly to divorce court, because it’s an easy way to show you took the off-ramp to adultery,” said Jacalyn Barnett, a New York divorce lawyer who has used E-ZPass records a few times.
Lynne Gold-Bikin, a Pennsylvania divorce lawyer, said E-ZPass helped prove a client’s husband was being unfaithful: “He claimed he was in a business meeting in Pennsylvania. And I had records to show he went to New Jersey that night.”
Now while I have no sympathy for a cheating spouse, this really drives home the privacy issue. When we talk about these kinds of privacy issues and how easy it is to track and correlate your day to day activities, most people think: “It’s disturbing from a theoretical standpoint, but this will never affect me”. Still think that?
If you wind up in divorce court (and I hope you don’t), are you comfortable with every car trip you’ve taken on a toll road being opened up for investigation? Can you see any innocuous trips being misconstrued as something else?
[Full Discclosure: I use the FL version, called SunPass. While I have never taken the “Off-Ramp to Adultery”, I have taken the “Off-Ramp to a Best Buy shopping trip my wife may or may not have been informed of”. Please don’t tell her]