Following is a shortened, translated article from a reputated Dutch newspaper (Algemeen Dagblad)
TomTom shares data with police.
Anyone who has a TomTom, is an inspiration for police safety cameras. The GPS maker is sharing driving information from users.
Modern GPS devices now also include a micro-SIM card that transmits data to TomTom. That information can serve for live mapping traffic, or to find less congested routes.
According to Reuters, the data from TomTom, through an intermediary company, was sold to the Dutch police.
Users will only read that data are passed "to third parties". The Dutch motorist association ANWB let the newspaper know that TomTom must use more precise information.
The news is confirmed by Taco Titulaer, the Tomtom Dutch spokesman.
TomTom transfers data to authorities, including the police. Not only in the Netherlands but across Europe and the U.S.
The data is sent anonymously.
"We gather anonymous information about users and then we pass them on to others," says Sandra Hauwaert from TomTom. "These are governments, but also other organizations such as traffic agencies."
Anyone who drives too fast with GPS on, is not denounced to the police. But the police will have a comprehensive overview of where TomTom users are speeding, and uses that information to the location of speed traps and speed cameras to be installed.