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Vehicle Tracking Devices Could Be Used To...Track

SURVEILLANCE—AUSTRALIA & U.S.

February 10, 2011

Plans to install vehicle tracking devices are concerning advocates. A private car-for-hire company in Australia has announced it will install GPS devices in up to 30 percent of its fleet, News.com.au reports. The company said the devices will allow them to know if the cars are driven out of the contracted range or on dirt roads, which would breach contract. But Civil Liberties Australia calls the move an "excessive invasion of privacy." Meanwhile, the U.S. National Highway Transportation Administration will consider new rulemaking that would require event data recorders to be installed in passenger vehicles, according to a press conference announcement Tuesday. The announcement has some privacy advocates concerned that the recorders could be used to track Americans' movements.
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