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

Jul 28, 2020

Local transportation agencies are tracking e-bikes and e-scooters: They aren’t Big Brother

A trip to the grocery store, a long bike ride through a park, a stroll through our neighborhoods. These are the precious trips we have all come to look forward to during the recent stay-at-home orders. These moments – like our pre-pandemic trips to work, school and restaurants – paint an intimate portrait of our daily lives. Read More

Jul 8, 2020

LADOT head hiding work from the public

Given all the new communications technology — some of which is encrypted, or at least makes its content very short-lived — it’s no wonder that government officials are curious about recent developments and new messaging apps, same as the rest of us. But unlike the rest of us, government officials are required by the California Public Records Act and sometimes other formal decrees to keep all their work-related correspondence in order to allow for transparency. 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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