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Auto 'Black Boxes' and YOUR Privacy!

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By 2025 all new cars will be what are called "connected cars." We are talking about cars can transmit your personal information bringing up a whole new bunch of privacy concerns. 

In Sacramento, business people and politicians gathered to announce new legislation aimed at keeping your information YOURS!

Let's start with something called an Event Data Recorder. Some call it a 'black box.' When your car is involved in a crash it records you speed, direction and other data that can help crash investigators determine what happened. But, now they can also determined how many are sitting in your car, what music you are playing and what direction you came from or are going.

 Democrat Bill Monning of Monterry is a sponsor of the legislation. He says "our cars collect data and are not just used for maintenance and repair but also information systems, guidance systems, phone systems. we're seeking to establish certain consumer rights in California that we, the owner of the vehicle, should have the final word on who can access that data."

Curt Augustine with the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers says it's a bill the AAM doesn't understand. He calls it "a single interest bill that would allow consumer driving behavior to be sent directly to insurance companies for what could only be guess-timated for profit motives."

Jeff Springer, with the Automobile Association of Southern California, says a big part of the concern is what is "beyond the black box" and what info can be sold to third parties and misused in the future. 

No doubt we will be hearing much more about this!

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