Wait for e-tick­et­ing not over yet

Trans­port au­thor­i­ties and pri­vacy watch­dog locked in months-long ex­change

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The Athens Ur­ban Trans­port Or­ga­ni­za­tion (OASA) says that a hold-up at Greece’s pri­vacy watch­dog is pre­vent­ing it from rolling out a much-pub­li­cized elec­tronic tick­et­ing sys­tem, which aims to limit fare dodg­ing in the cap­i­tal.

OASA turned to the Hel­lenic Data Pro­tec­tion Au­thor­ity (APPD) in Sep­tem­ber 2016 as it en­tered the sec­ond phase of the scheme to in­stall the e-tick­et­ing sys­tem. Sources at the watch­dog say that the trans­port au­thor­ity should have ap­proached the APPD ear­lier in the process, be­fore it had al­ready planned the de­tails of how the elec­tronic cards for pas­sen­gers would work.

This led to the APPD re­ject­ing OASA’s plans in Jan­uary this year. The watch­dog ar­gued that the trans­port or­ga­ni­za­tion had not ex­am­ined al­ter­na­tives that would have pro­vided bet­ter pro­tec­tion for com­muters’ pri­vacy. Some six months later, on June 2, OASA asked for the APPD to pro­vide fur­ther de­tails, which the au­thor­ity did on June 15.

OASA pro­vided ex­tra in­for­ma­tion on June 30 and a few days later, the APPD asked the trans­port or­ga­ni­za­tion to an­swer sev­eral key ques­tions. These in­cluded what kind of data OASA will col­lect and why the year and month pas­sen­gers were born will be recorded in all cases and not just for those qual­i­fy­ing for dis­counts.

Trans­port of­fi­cials re­sponded to the ques­tions on July 7 but the wait for ap­proval goes on.

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