I-77 toll lane company can collect private data

Group tries to fight I-77 toll lanes

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The international corporation set to collect tolls on Interstate 77 can apparently collect a lot more than money under the terms of its contract with the NC DOT.

Cintra, the Spanish company which NCDOT chose to manage toll lanes on I-77, can collect your legal records, social security number, financial profile, even medical records under the language spelled out in the deal.

Kurt Naas, the founder of Widen I-77, broke the news at a packed meeting at the Cornelius Town Hall to groans of disapproval from the toll lane opponents.

"These terms are not defined under the contract so basically it can mean whatever you want it to mean," said Naas.

The Director of Outreach for NCDOT's Division 10, Warren Cooksey, said he took the complaint to heart and the department would address it.

Widen I-77 is organizing to fight the toll lanes, passing out cards at the meeting of more than 200 people to write the governor, even trying to raise $20,000 to go to court. But the DOT makes it seem like a done deal.

"I don't know what has changed that would change the mind of the legislature or the governor," said Cooksey.

The group will lobby the legislature, the governor, even try to get an injunction but they only have three months to get it done.

The final contract between Cintra and NCDOT is set to be signed by the end of the year.


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