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    Update: Dutch officials clear TomTom of data probe violations

    Last year, it was reported that police in the Netherlands used GPS data from TomTom to catch people who speed, and Dutch officials began investigating this use of the technology. Now, Reuters reports that TomTom says it has been cleared in the investigation by Dutch data protection officials:

    TomTom said on Thursday an official probe had cleared it of accusations that it violated Dutch data protection laws by sharing its customers’ individual location and traffic information with third parties, including Dutch police.

    The Dutch navigation equipment and map maker came under scrutiny in April after reportedly selling information gathered through its customers’ personal navigation devices (PND) in their cars, to third parties, without their consent. […]

    TomTom said although the CBP report cleared it of violating privacy laws, it was criticized for not providing sufficient information about what data was being collected and how it was used when asking for customer permission to gather that information.

    “We’ve taken corrective action and changed our contracts with third parties and have excluded certain forms of usage,” TomTom spokeswoman Kristina Nilsson said on Thursday.

    The firm has also said it will update consent software on all of its consumer products to ensure its customers know about how their data is used to generate TomTom’s mapping, routing and traffic services.

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