No recordings in taxis

June 20th, 2011 at 10:00 am by David Farrar

Mathew Dearnaley in the NZ Herald reports:

Taxi passengers’ privacy concerns have scotched a plan to add voice recordings to new legally-required cameras in cabs.

Wellington Combined , the capital’s largest company, has decided against recording conversations after many of its passengers became alarmed at the idea.

Their fears have also prompted Corporate Cabs, with fleets in Auckland and the other main centres, to issue an assurance it will not install microphones.

Just as well. I am a regular and large user of Combined. If they had gone ahead with their plans to audio record conversations in taxis, and keep them for a month, I would have blacklisted them. No way would I take a taxi where a recording is made of what I say.

The only people allowed to listen into my phone calls are the GCSB! :-)

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5 Responses to “No recordings in taxis”

  1. MT_Tinman (3,204 comments) says:

    Virtually all the “security” cameras in taxis will have audio capability.

    Whether it’s turned on or not no one will really know.

    Your lot, disgracefully, has made this spying compulsory.

    Blame yourself!

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  2. JC (958 comments) says:

    The thing is.. you fly into Wgton, meet with a crony at baggage and sort out your strategies for the meeting ahead. Later you and crony taxi back to the airport and review how you both did at the meeting.

    No way do you want anyone to know about all this :)

    JC

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  3. PaulL (5,987 comments) says:

    But taking photos of me is fine? I don’t get the difference. Maybe it’s the time period – last 5 minutes v’s last month?

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  4. Longknives (4,764 comments) says:

    I really couldn’t care less if some taxi company wants to record me stumbling into their cab at 2am with Kebab in hand, slurring at the driver “Grey Lynn thanks- Had a good night mate?”

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  5. rosscalverley (83 comments) says:

    I don’t even give the GCSB permission to monitor me.

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