TomTom apologises over data sale

TomTom has offered an apology to its customers after traffic data sold by the satnav maker to the Dutch government was used by police to target speeding motorists.

Users of TomTom's navigation devices were left fuming after it emerged that Dutch police were using the information to set up speed traps.

The company has now vowed to review licensing agreements to avoid "this type of use in the future", adding that it had expected the driving data to serve as a tool to improve road safety and ease traffic congestion.

Harold Goddijn,TomTom chief executive said in a statement: "We never foresaw this kind of use and many of our clients are not happy about it."

The map and traffic data sold to governments and firms is anonymous and forms a key source of revenue for TomTom which has been seeing a decline in sales of its flagship dashboard-mounted navigation device.

Europe's largest satellite navigation maker earlier revised down its forecast for full-year revenues after reporting a sales decline in the first quarter of 2011.

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