Vehicle Black Box Proposal Incites Questions
PERSONAL PRIVACY—U.S.February 19, 2013
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration wants to make black box data recorders mandatory for all vehicles, to the ire of privacy advocates who say there are no limits on the amount or kinds of data that would be collected, reports the Los Angeles Times. “The car manufacturers can use that data at will, including location, which has significant privacy implications,” said Nate Cardozo, staff attorney for the Electronic Frontier Foundation. The black box proposal currently making its way through Congress could require all cars sold by September 1, 2014 to contain such recorders. One law professor predicts insurance companies would likely want access to the device before agreeing to pay a claim.