The BBC has lifted the lid on the deal that Labour Councillors did to provide “free” WiFi access in the centre of York.
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We said all along that nothing is “free” and now we know what the payback is.
The deal means that large amounts of personal data about you, your activities, interests and movements has been made available to third parties.
We think that individual users should be able to opt out of providing such personal information.
Will the Council agree and act?
Labour launch “free” WiFi. but look at the small print
The Councils extended use of “spy cameras” and behind closed doors decision making means that it already has a poor reputation on civil liberties issues
This is a link to the media release response they have put on their web site,.
Separately Labour Leader James Alexander has come under fire for lack of transparency on a deal that the Council did with an IT provider to use the Councils own super highway network.
Procured by the last LibDem administration, the network was intended to provide high speed links for all the Councils buildings around the City.
Now the core network may be used as part of the roll out of an ultra high speed network under a deal which the Council says will being high speed broadband to “every property in the City”.
Problem is that part of the network has been subsidised by taxpayers and its use – other than at a commercial rate – could violate EU state subsidy rules.
Expect more of this as and when the service is launched.
Still big gaps in Council information
Last year the York Council stopped providing information on its web site about the number of vacant parking spaces at its City Centre car parks.
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It promised that the information link would be reinstated by “May”.
2 months later and the information is still not being provided for the most popular car parks like Nunnery Lane and Marygate.
The responsible cabinet member refused to apologies at a recent Council meeting for the delays.
He said people could use social media to find out where to park (actually none of the social media system provided real time parking availability information)
NB. The Council has also been unable to keep many of the on street “Variable Message Signs” in a good state of repair.
Toyota Prius Plus
The six electric vehicle charging points installed by City of York Council in Council car parks and Park&Ride sites have been used 212 times since activation in October 2013.
- 62001 – 35 uses
- 62002 – 45 uses
- 62003 – 23 uses
- 62004 – 85 uses
- 62005 – 9 uses
- 62006 – 24 uses
Usage by Council of electric pool car is on-site at Ecodepot, not public charge point so the usage has been by private residents/visitors/businesses.
The Council has confirmed that
“no Penalty Charge Notices have been issued since 1st April 2014 and no enforcement action is currently occurring, due to the uncertainty created by the Traffic Penalty Tribunal’s decision and the ongoing review of that decision”.