Canada Dashboard Digest

Opinion: Mandate Black Boxes


September 24, 2010

On the heels of a tragic motor vehicle accident, the past president of the Canada Safety Council makes a plea for black boxes in all cars. In the Ottawa Citizen, Emile Therien writes that the "high-tech devices can be an invaluable tool in detecting the causes of crashes, leading to better crash investigations and safety improvements. Governments in North America need to step up to the plate and enact legislation mandating black boxes. It is high time public health, traffic safety and common sense trump privacy and other concerns." Therien acknowledges that questions about data ownership and access, among others, will need to be answered and says that "legislators will need to address these issues in the near future."
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