Company issues statement, video to ease anger
Satillate navigation giant TomTom has come under fire following reports that it has sold user data to police, who then used the information to setup speed traps.
The company is now in damage control mode, issuing a statement and video to explain their side of the story. TomTom CEO Harold Goodijn says the company was not aware law enforcement was using the info to essentially ambush users. He said the location data is gathered to help owners get around traffic problems and show authorities where congestion problems exist.
According to ConsumerReports.org, the flare-up occurred with Dutch police. We've seen no reports from North America yet. The website speculates that the sale of the information is a way for TomTom to boost revenue as sale fall. Reportedly, more and more people are turning to their smart phones for navigation instruction.