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 Taxis, 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!