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Vehicle Data Recorder Law To Be Proposed Soon

TRAVELERS’ PRIVACY—U.S.

December 7, 2012

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will likely propose regulations in the next few days that would require auto manufacturers to include event data recorders in all cars and light trucks, but Fox News reports that the manufacturers have been installing the “black boxes” in most new cars for years. The recorders are intended to collect information to help investigators determine the causes of accidents, but privacy advocates say the technology needs policies to prevent misuse of data. "Right now we're in an environment where there are no rules, there are no limits, there are no consequences and there is no transparency," said an Electronic Privacy Information Center spokeswoman.
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