Automotive Data Recorders Drive Privacy Concerns
PERSONAL PRIVACY—U.S.October 17, 2011
USA Today reports on the privacy concerns raised by event data recorders installed in most new vehicles. The devices can provide information such as a vehicle's speed, brake or accelerator application, steering direction and seatbelt use. Laws to limit access to the collected information have been enacted in 13 states, but many states do not have laws preventing an individual from uploading the data without permission. One consumer advocate says that transponder-style readers will be able to access the data by coming close to a vehicle. A car insurance representative says they are "a valuable tool for insurance companies" to determine the causes of an accident as well as to adjust premiums to match customers' driving habits.