I had reason to go to a shopping mall yesterday afternoon, and I found that the parking arrangements had changed.
- It no longer issues paper tickets when you drive in, and demands them when you leave. Hooray for the environment!
- Instead it scans the car’s number plate when I enter and leave, and calculates a parking fee using that.
Now this may well have been happening for years in other places, but it is the first time I have encountered this particular piece of technology and it leaves me with a few thoughts.
- How many car parks are using this?
- How many are owned by one company, which can then aggregate a person’s shopping and parking preferences?
- What if any laws exist to prevent the car park owner from selling all of that tracking data to GoogBook?
In short, where are my privacy protections?
I also found on entering the shopping centre that it had advertising everywhere encouraging me to download its app. So it doesn’t just want to know when I’m shopping, it wants to know where I am the rest of the time!
Am I exhibiting more than my usual paranoia?