Police open Oyster data: “They [Oyster cards] are used by people travelling on London’s transport system and according to figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, the Police are getting interested in the Oyster database.
Coppers have discovered that by tapping the database they can track anyone’s movements on public transport.”
No, no, don’t worry. I’m not about to bleat on about another loss of civil liberties. At the end of the day, it’s not mandatory to register your personal details when applying for an Oyster card and out of five million Oyster card users, 65 requests for information per month is nothing really. The TfL has been denying frivolous requests (though it doesn’t state how many that is) to ensure that their system is not abused.
Could it still be abused? Of course, if the TfL is forced to open up their database entirely and if personal details become mandatory, but I don’t see that happening, realistically. And, to be honest, I’d rather have the convenience and the discount of my Oyster card, thank you very much!