Privacy experts say a parking app used in Waterloo Region seems unusually open to sharing personal data with other countries.
The big concern is the way the app stores personal data.
"It's completely unacceptable because they're not getting anyone's consent to use their information, which they have to give for parking purposes. And then, they're not authorised to use it for other secondary uses like marketing. If they intend to do that then they have to obtain consent from the individuals involved and they're obviously not doing that. It makes no sense. Why would any information collected via the parking app be shared with other third parties and potentially other countries? It makes no sense. There is no reason for it."
She says the data collected should only be used to obtain information for parking, and whether it was done lawfully.
"If they've extended beyond and they didn't pay, you need to contact the individuals to obtain additional payment -- that's it. That's the only context in which the personal information collecting should be used. No other information should be used whatsoever."
The Parking Passport app has given 570 NEWS the following statement:
"Similar to other companies who provide apps to end users, Passport collects basic account-level information. This information is only collected when voluntarily submitted by users who engage in Passport's parking services. Any data Passport collects remains private except for anonymized or operationally necessary data that is shared with the city.