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Bad Week for Clipper Card

Tuesday, November 09, 2010 - 02:59 PM

(San Francisco โ€“ Casey Miner, KALW News) Clipper, the Bay Area's new one-size-fits-all transit card, is having, um, kind of a bad week: The San Francisco Examiner points out that a chip in the card stores data on each customer's daily itinerary, which state senator Joe Simitian called "literally a road map to your personal life."

But all that technology can't keep people from gaming the system: Matthew Roth at StreetsblogSF reports that customers can use cards purchased at Clipper vending machines to ride BART all over the Bay for the bargain price of $2. A BART spokesman called the scam Clipper's "dirty little secret. Of course, it's not so secret now.

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