Quoted: on proposal to equip vehicles with black boxes

“Will devices serve the consumer/owner, or some other powerful interest such as the government or big companies?”

Jay Stanley, a policy analyst for the American Civil Liberties Union, on a proposal to require all new vehicles sold in the United States after September 2014 to have black boxes. The black boxes, or event data recorders, already are in many vehicles and record things such as location, speed, seatbelt use, airbag deployment and more. “This proposal will give us the critical insight and information we need to save more lives,” Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood reportedly said. But Lillie Coney, associate director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, told Wired that the government should provide some key guarantees upfront, including that the data from the EDRs will not be used for marketing and other purposes: “You should not think of this as being an opportunity to sell data to auto-insurance companies for risk evaluation. That’s a real possibility. Data is valuable.” And data from black boxes has already reportedly been used in lawsuits and criminal cases.

 

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  • Stuart

    Cars? Think about the mobile device that goes with you eveywhere you go. …

    I’m waiting for pay phones to be installed in my neighborhood. Again.

 
 
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