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Navigation systems company TomTom has announced it will change its licensing conditions to prevent users' travel data being used by the police.

The CEO of the Dutch company, Harold Goddijn, was reacting to earlier reports that the data collected and made available to local and regional government in the Netherlands was also being used by the police. Some police forces have been using the information to plan roadside speed traps.

"We did not anticipate this kind of use and many of our customers are not happy about it," says the company statement issued on Wednesday. "We will therefore be adding conditions to our licence agreements to prevent this kind of use in future."

TomTom is the largest producer of navigation equipment for cars and mobile phones in Europe, but is behind market leader Garmin in the United States. It employs some 3,500 people and has offices in Europe, the US and Taiwan.

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