New Mass. gantries can send authorities alerts
The state’s new all-electronic tolling system will include a “hot list” feature capable of sending law enforcement officials instant alerts when cars with specified license plates or transponders pass under toll gantries.
State transportation officials confirmed the technology is being installed on the Mass. Pike, and vowed that the feature — which has raised privacy concerns — will be used only to track vehicles in public safety emergencies, such as when a child abduction prompts an Amber Alert.
State officials are working with the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security to draft a list of all situations that warrant “hot list” use. The transportation board takes up the issue Monday.
The state “cares deeply about protecting information about drivers,” said transportation spokeswoman Judith Riley in a prepared statement.
Still, the prospect of government surveillance has raised questions by the American Civil Liberties Union, among