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Policy Update Means Ongoing Vehicle Tracking

GEO PRIVACY—U.S.

September 21, 2011

Vehicle navigation and emergency services company OnStar is notifying customers of an update to its privacy policy. Wired reports that, effective in December, the company will track the location and speed of OnStar-equipped vehicles even after drivers discontinue the service. It also reserves the right to sell that data in an anonymized format. An OnStar spokesman said the change means the company will "maintain a two-way connection" to vehicles "unless the customer says otherwise," the intent of which is to make it easier for former customers to re-enroll. "We hear from organizations periodically requesting our information," he added. An Ohio forensic scientist said the policy goes too far, calling it a "bullet point allowing them to collect any data for any purpose."
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