Woman Says BART Watch App Collects Rider’s Private Information

Nick Sabatasso checks his cell phone while waiting for a BART train at San Francisco's Civic Center station on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011. Transit officials said Friday that they blocked cell phone reception in the station on Thursday to prevent rumored protests which never developed. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

 As Sonoma County gets ready to unveil its SMART train, Bay Area train riders are wondering: is there privacy on BART? An East Bay woman is suing BART and the company that makes an app for passengers to report crimes.  Pamela Moreno filed suit in Oakland federal court yesterday against BART and the Massachusetts company that makes the BART Watch App.  Moreno’s suit says the app that’s been downloaded by thousands of people has secretly collected riders’ private cell phone information and physical locations.  A BART spokeswoman says the app makes a user’s location available only if the user selects that option and BART uses it only when a crime or suspicious activity is being reported.