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Auto Black Boxes: Will They Invade Your Privacy?

The Wall Street Journal -- If you thought having EZ Pass in your car would make it too easy for the government to track you, you ain’t seen nothing yet.

The Senate passed a bill in March that calls for “mandatory event data recorders” (or black boxes) to be installed in all new passenger motor vehicles, starting with the 2015 models, and which would record data before, during or after a crash, according to KurzweilAI.net.

The bill, which can be seen here, has a privacy provision but gives the government the authority to access the black box in a number of circumstances, including court order, consent of the owner, an investigation or inspection, or to determine the need for emergency responses.

If you thought having EZ Pass in your car would make it too easy for the government to track you, you ain’t seen nothing


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Submitted Apr 24, 2012 By: angel4me
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davenles
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Do you feel it slipping away? It use to be called freedom.
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mgune9
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Message Posted: Apr 24, 2012 11:12:49 PM

of course they will - after all we are very very close to centralized auto industry - why not tell them to do that -- good for us "right"
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Total Crap!!!!!!
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Probably!
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soon the box will say: WE KNOW WHERE YOU LIVE !!!
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ok
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Message Posted: Apr 24, 2012 11:04:57 PM

I'm not sure that is a good idea but maybe it could help
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Message Posted: Apr 24, 2012 11:04:55 PM

We have privacy?
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Watching you 24/7
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Creeping, Crawling Commercialism. That used to be the old buzzphrase. Now it's CORRUPTION, CRISIS, and SURVEILLANCE. And damned be those who oppose.
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Message Posted: Apr 24, 2012 10:58:22 PM

If you are driving a late model GM, they are already doing it. They can also do good to clear you of liability in an accident.
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Message Posted: Apr 24, 2012 10:52:56 PM

black boxes in cars, no habeus corpus, gitmo- moving pretty quickly towards martial law- which means no election, too
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And they said that will never happen.
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Message Posted: Apr 24, 2012 10:46:13 PM

So, the way I see it, it will take 30-40 years to get all the older cars off the roads that don't have black boxes installed.
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Message Posted: Apr 24, 2012 10:44:32 PM

passivity is not in your best interest and is not what made this nation great. when did we become too lazy to govern ourselves???
Poem by Martin Niemöller that was said to have been written in 1946.
First they came for the..., and I did not speak out - because I was not a...;
Then they came for the..., and I did not speak out - because I was not a...;
Then they came for me - and there was no one left to speak out for me.
The government does not know what is best for you. "The Senate passed a bill in March..." Who is profiting in this? Who benefits in the senate for government funding and regulation of this device? Most of the comments here don't seem to be concerned or casually accept that we have no modern right to privacy... SAD
vote everybody out of office that wants to take away your right to privacy. in your home, in your car, in your church, etc...
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I'll install if it decreases 75% of my insurance fees.
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No way.
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Big brother is watching you
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All these people in gov't can't find enough to do with the economy, unemployment, budget debt, Secret Service problems, Fast & furious fiacsco (keepiong attention away from the Attorney General, Election coming up, GSA fraud and every day more crap on the table.
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Message Posted: Apr 24, 2012 10:37:40 PM

Previous comment is right on. The illusion of privacy is fading, not to mention actual privacy.
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Message Posted: Apr 24, 2012 10:33:45 PM

Privacy is gone. The illusion is quickly disappearing also.

Big Bro knows but doesn't let it be known he knows.
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for sure
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great here goes gov. again
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yep
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wow
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How long will it take before insurance companies get access so they can jack up your rates based on how your driving style is?
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Of course they will.
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Big brother is watching.
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Yes!
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Message Posted: Apr 24, 2012 10:17:10 PM

Not planning on buying a car older than a 2014. :)
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Message Posted: Apr 24, 2012 10:15:16 PM

The government has become way too big and way too intrusive in the lives of the average American. I do not see that the benefits come anywhere near the level needed to balance privacy concerns.
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ok.
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Ok
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I will tear it out
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BIG BROTHER
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going to bad for future generations.
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Though it's not a bad thing, it's gonna get harder to break the law as it should be!
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If you do what you are supposed to do you have nothing to worry about.
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ok.
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Interesting
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But don't take my word for it, try speeding on a predetermined stretch of freeway in the same place every day, betcha they getcha with a speed trap in that exact area!
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Cool.
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So don't speed, or run red lights, they'll getcha!
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Your cell phone tells them how fast you drive, where you frequent, and how far you drive every day.
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Time to dump the mobile phone and drive my 1983 Land Cruiser, no computer at all.
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The problem is tracking you when you don't have your phone on, that's probably why they want to do it!
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Silly citizens! Your every move is already being tracked! If you have a cell phone, you've already been tagged with a GPS transponder! How do you think they get traffic info like finding out how fast traffic is moving on the highways!
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Message Posted: Apr 24, 2012 9:51:25 PM

It does seem a bit big brotherish to me at this point in time. I don't trust any government agency with personal information no matter how it's obtained.
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Message Posted: Apr 24, 2012 9:51:10 PM

And how much will we have to pay to have this extra in our vehicle to invade our privacy?
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Message Posted: Apr 24, 2012 9:51:05 PM

whatever...
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