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Bill Would Allow for Video Cameras on Dashboards

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

May 18, 2010

California's state assembly passed a bill yesterday that would allow video recorders to be installed on vehicles' dashboards. AB1942, which passed 49-0, is supported by those who hope the cameras will ensure safe driving and help determine fault in accident claims, The Mercury News reports. But in a letter to the bill's author, Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher (R-San Diego), the American Civil Liberties Union said the bill should specify that the recorded data belongs to the vehicle owner and that employees should have the right to refuse being recorded. "You want safety precautions, but on the other hand, an individual's sense of autonomy and privacy has to be protected," said an ACLU spokeswoman.
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