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Privacy concerns over new police technology used to catch drivers using phones

New technology which can detect whether people have been using their mobile phones while driving could soon arrive in Australia.

But it’s got Neil Mitchell and researchers concerned.

New York has embraced the new technology being developed in Israel, which can scan crash scenes and determine if a phone was in use at the time of an accident.

The scanners read a phones call log web browsing history and text messaging.

3AW Mornings host Neil Mitchell said it could open up a can of worms on the privacy front.

‘I exchange text messages and phone calls with various people from various political parties and various positions or authority …  I don’t want anybody to know I’ve done that,’ Neil Mitchell explained.

Dr Suelette Dreyfus, researcher with the Computing and Information Systems Department at Melbourne University, said Neil’s concerns were legitimate.

‘I would be very concerned about the privacy implications,’ she said on 3AW Mornings.

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