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Advocates: "Black Box" Bill Requires Stronger Safeguards

PRIVACY—U.S.

April 23, 2012

A bill currently pending in Congress that would equip all U.S.-manufactured cars with an event data recorder has some privacy advocates concerned about with whom that data may be shared, Ars Technica reports. The bill, S. 1813, which passed the U.S. Senate last month and will likely see a House vote in the near future, would equip new cars with the device--which would record details preceding a crash, including speed rate and seat-belt status--beginning in 2015. Though the bill includes data protection provisions that the Future of Privacy Forum's Christopher Wolf calls a "net plus," one expert envisions legal disputes on such third-party access as insurance companies and law enforcement. 
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