Fighting for safer streets, local transparency, and rider privacy.

We Are Communities Against Rider Surveillance.

Imagine you are on a scooter or in the back of an Uber or Lyft, riding to your next appointment. You arrive at your destination, check your phone, and realize the city’s been watching. Not only were you charged twice the normal rate for taking an unapproved shortcut, but now there’s a government record of your trip.

Why is the city tracking your whereabouts? And who has access to that information? What happens if those records fall into the wrong hands? Mobility Data Specification (MDS), a tool created and promoted by the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT), allows local governments to do just this. Today, it is used for bikes and scooters, but this scenario could soon become a reality for all modes of transportation, jeopardizing the privacy of millions of travelers just like you.

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A new technology called MDS makes it easy for local governments to track people’s personal movements through cities. In the wrong hands, the information collected by MDS poses grave privacy and safety risks. Learn more about MDS, how it impacts you, and what you can do to stop it.

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We are a group of concerned citizens, privacy and civil liberties advocates, and transportation innovators committed to making our streets safer and more manageable while protecting rider privacy.

Latest News

Nov 24, 2020

New LADOT Program Puts Survivors, Communities at Risk

Community organizations can be one of the strongest vehicles for positive change in a city overwhelmed by hardship, whether that a pandemic, an economic crisis, or racism and injustice. That’s because they serve on the ground, closest to the people who are impacted most by difficult Read More

Aug 10, 2020

Rider surveillance poses threat to LGBTQ privacy

June has come and gone, and the absence of most Pride parades, parties, and other public demonstrations of solidarity with the LGBTQ community is palpable. These Pride events have become annual reminders of the progress we’ve made in the 50 years since the Stonewall riots. And yet Read More

Jun 8, 2020

ACLU wants LA to put the brakes on scooter tracking program

The American Civil Liberties Union is suing Los Angeles over a program that tracks dockless electric scooters and bikes in real time, potentially allowing the government — or anyone with access to the data — to trace a rider’s entire trip. Read More

May 29, 2020

D.C. groups oppose city’s real-time vehicle location tracking policy

A Washington, D.C., neighborhood advocacy group passed a resolution this week opposing the city’s adoption of a data-sharing process that would allow it to track the location of ride-hailing vehicles, dockless e-scooters, bicycles and mopeds in near-real time. Read More

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