Iranwire – The photos and private information of metro users in the northeastern Iranian city of Mashhad are now displayed on screens when they pass through the gates, according to eyewitnesses.
An informed source told IranWire that the data about the passengers are retrieved from their metro cards.
The bizarre and illegal move has caused concerns among users of Mashhad’s metro system, who believe it is a violation of their privacy rights.
There is speculation that the action is aimed at increasing pressure on the citizens amid a brutal crackdown on any form of dissent and women who refused to wear a mandatory headscarf in public.
Mashhad, the second-largest metropolitan area in Iran, is the capital of Khorasan province. Its metro system was inaugurated in 2011 and consists of two lines and more than 30 stations.