London Underground to begin tracking passengers through Wi-Fi hotspots

Transport for London (TfL) is planning to roll out a system to track commuters making use of public Wi-Fi hotspots across the London Underground in coming months.

The UK transport agency said on Wednesday that “secure, privacy-protected data collection will begin on 8 July 2019,” with improved customer services — including warnings over delays and station congestion — expected to appear later in the year.

The rollout builds upon a trial of the technology in 2016. At the time, TfL said the four-week test was launched to “give TfL a more accurate understanding of how people move through stations, interchange between services and how crowding develops.”

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Source: ZDNet