Travelers’ Data In The Courtroom

Welcome to Waves of Tech, Episode 156. We have quite the variety of topics in the show this week – great customer service stories, a mention of a sliderule, Microsoft releases, Apple’s announcements, and access to travelers’ data. A few programming notes. Waves of Tech is moving to Monday nights, 5PM PST and we are also going live over at We hope you enjoy the podcast and feel free to join the conversation and comment on the show.


Microsoft’s upcoming releases & Apples new announcements

Continuing on from last week’s discussion on Episode 155, we bring to light some of the things we have learned from Microsoft’s newest and potentially revitalized ecosystem. It has been reported that the Windows Store for Windows 8 has upwards of 5,500+ apps available and ready for install and use. Microsoft has also released a new Surface video attempting to create buzz and branding. On the other side, Apple sent out invitations to their October 23rd meeting. Some potential news from Apple include a redesigned iMac, a 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display, and an iPad mini.

Courts, Warrants, and Travelers’ Data

In an attempt to track down a wanted robbery suspect,, San Francisco police provided search warrants and subpoenas for access to the traveler’s public transit card. The “Clipper” card is used to gain access to public transit vehicles and that data is stored on file by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission. With such information available for analysis, police are able to track suspects and follow leads. So, this opens up another discussion on how our data is tracked, who has access to that data, and when access to our data is allowable. It serves as a reminder as to why public and privately-owned corporations collect and track personal data.


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