But at least it's patented by a notorious patent troll, which means that
other jackasses who try to implement this stupid idea will find themselves
tied up in absurd, wasteful lawsuits. It's mutually assured dipshits.
on a patent by Intellectual Ventures for 3D printing DRM
Use of the card, accepted by every major Bay Area public transit
system, is soaring with 689,000 transactions a day and more than 1
million active Clipper cards. Many cardholders might not realize that
data tracking their every move on public transit is stored on
computers and available to anyone with a search warrant or subpoena.
Personal data can be stored for seven years after a Clipper account
is closed, according to the commission's policy. In addition, a new
smartphone app, called FareBot, allows anyone to scan a Clipper card
and find out where the owner has been.
notes that San Francisco "Clipper Cards" reveal users' movements to authorities
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