Black Box Evidence Concerns Commissioner
DATA PROTECTION—NEW ZEALANDJuly 16, 2010
The Motor Industry Association expects the number of vehicles containing black boxes to continue to grow as technology
advances. The boxes allow investigators to extract data on a vehicles' speed before or after a crash. The New Zealand Herald
reports on two recent cases involving the introduction of black box data as evidence in court, demonstrating speed as a factor
in the crashes. But Privacy Commissioner Marie Shroff has concerns that drivers may not know their vehicles are equipped with
technology that could be used to prosecute them, the report states. A Motor Industry Association executive said when it comes
to privacy, "We have these issues with technology all the time."