Black Boxes In Cars Raise Privacy Concerns


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English: Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) system failure icon. Based on icon shown in U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Docket No. NHTSA 2004-19054. See http://www.nhtsa.gov/cars/rules/rulings/tpmsnprmpost2cir/tpmsnprmpost2cir.html
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By Joan Lowy – In the next few days, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is expected to propose long-delayed regulations requiring auto manufacturers to include event data recorders — better known as “black boxes” — in all new cars and light trucks. But the agency is behind the curve. Automakers have been quietly tucking the devices, which automatically record the actions of drivers and the responses of their vehicles in a continuous information loop, into most new cars for years.

The idea is to gather information that can help investigators determine the cause of accidents and lead to safer vehicles. But privacy advocates say government regulators and automakers are spreading an intrusive technology without first putting in place policies to prevent misuse of the information collected. more> http://tinyurl.com/bltqgj9

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