Dutch city fined for Wi-Fi tracking says it will appeal
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) – The Dutch privacy watchdog said on Thursday it had fined the eastern town of Enschede for following people using cell phone Wi-Fi signals in a system used to measure crowds. The city council said it was appealing the decision and a fine of 600,000 euros ($ 730,000).
The Dutch data protection authority said Enschede was using sensors to record phones’ Wi-Fi signals to determine how busy it was in the city center. He said that “if you watch for longer which phone passes which sensor, then count the changes to track people.”