California Bill Would Allow Cities To Collect Ride Data On E-Scooters

May 14, 2019

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With shared bikes and e-scooters cropping up across California, state lawmakers are debating whether to give cities more power to collect ride data. Capital Public Radio’s Scott Rodd reports.

Adrian An [AHN] loves zipping through downtown Sacramento on e-scooters. But sharing data with the city about his rides? That’s a different story.

SCOOTERDATA-1-AN: “Then they’ll be tracking where I’m at all the time…I don’t know it’s like an invasion of privacy.” (:05)

Some cities—like Sacramento and Los Angeles—are already collecting this information, but city officials say the data can’t be traced to individual riders.

An Assembly bill could expand this practice. Under the proposal, cities could require companies to hand o­­­­­ver ride data if they want to do business there.

The proposal has drawn criticism from privacy advocates, like the Electronic Frontier Foundation. In response, the bill was recently amended: Cities could request only aggregate data that has been scrubbed of identifying information.

Bill Romanelli [ROE-MAN-EL-EE], a shared bike user in Sacramento, says the proposal doesn’t bother him.

SCOOTERDATA-2-Romanelli: “I think if it’s data that helps cities increase mobility and reduce traffic and help people get from A to B, then I don’t have a negative feeling about that.” (:09)

The bill awaits a vote on the Assembly floor.

From Sacramento, I’m Scott Rodd