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August 19, 2011

Wired explores how insurers are collecting driver data to fuel roadside assistance and usage-based programs. State Farm's voluntary Drive Safe and Save program lets customers save on premiums if their driving habits--as recorded by the company's In-Drive system--indicate they are safe drivers. But, according to the report, such programs raise questions about how the collected data is used, stored and shared. "Though there are significant legal protections dictating what insurance companies can use to set rates, other data that is collected is subject to less transparent privacy policies," the report states. Santa Clara University School of Law professor Dorothy Glancy weighs in. 
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