Los Angeles: Scooters become the next data privacy fight

The next big political fight over data privacy may center on an unlikely piece of technology: The scooters currently flying around streets and scattered on sidewalks in cities across the country.

And as always, it’s brewing first in California, the state that last year enacted a landmark consumer privacy law that’s roiling Silicon Valley and Washington policymakers.

In Los Angeles, a dispute over how the city manages data embedded in Uber-operated scooters has emerged as a leading-edge privacy issue, foreshadowing a debate over the government’s role in managing sensitive data in a new era of connected transit.