Ride sharing scooters can be fun and easy to use as an alternative transportation source, but should you care that the providers are tracking your trip data?
Let’s be honest, our data is being tracked constantly. You probably don’t even care if your social media providers are selling your data to other companies. You also probably don’t care that your smart-technology providers are taking in your stats daily. So, if you were to find out that the ride sharing scooter you just rented tracked your trip data… well, duh, of course it did. The question isn’t so much, ‘are they tracking your trip data;’ the question is, ‘should you care?’
In many cases the data collected from ride sharing scooters can help cities determine routes, areas of usage, and commuter patterns. All of this can be great for a city’s infrastructure as they shift to accommodate alternative methods of transportation. In theory, ride share scooters put less stress on the environment and keep more cars off the road. Also, by tracking individual rides from start to end, the city can better address many of the former concerns over ride sharing scooters in cities. With all of this in mind, I’ll pose the question again, should you care?
The answer to all of this is a hard ‘maybe.’ Disappointing, I know. In theory, your data would be generalized when compiling stats and figures. When shared with government transportation agencies, the individual’s identity would not be a factor; only the trip information would matter. The individual rider’s personal information could only be shared when court ordered. But, as is with everything in this world, nothing is that black and white.
In the video below, Rogue Rocket lays out the reasons you might care that ride sharing scooter companies are collecting your data. The “deep dive” is a thorough look into something you may not have considered the last time you rented a scooter. Maybe its nothing you need to worry about, but, especially if you live or rent one in Los Angeles, it’s worth taking a closer look.