Have you heard the latest regarding another upcoming mandate? This one concerns ‘Black Boxes‘ becoming a requirement in all vehicles in about three months. Now while this may sound nice enough via the msm reports…the devils really in the details. This may become another slippery-slope with far more regulations inside this mandate than the majority of citizens will ever realize. Yes, Big Brother wants to watch every single thing you do inside your vehicle from beginning to end. Before I get into a summary of the report for you all to see…make sure and keep in mind that the second link I will put here is much more important for you to read when it all comes to what really is happening behind the scenes…if ya know what I mean.
First off we’ll start with a a summary. – This is via FNI:
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is set to propose regulations requiring that automakers include event data recorders, or “black boxes” in all new cars.
The event data recorders automatically save 5 to 10 seconds of information about the speed the vehicle was going, whether or not the brake was applied and whether or not wearing a seat belt is used.
Automakers have been putting these devices in cars voluntarily already, but they worry about mandates that will change the current 5-10 seconds of recorded data to hours.
Gloria Bergquist, spokeswoman for the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, said in a statement: “One of our priorities for EDRs continues to be preserving consumer privacy.”
Next off, this is the detailed link that contains much more…please take the time to read it all. As far as this gal’s concerned this is just the beginning of what may come when it comes to more of our personal freedoms disappearing into thin air. I’ll put an insert of what was discussed from this piece, then you can read it in full. – ‘Invasion of Privacy? Feds Seek to Make ‘Black Boxes’ Mandatory in All Cars‘
There’s no opt-out. It’s extremely difficult for car owners to disable the recorders. Although some vehicle models have had recorders since the early 1990s, a federal requirement that automakers disclose their existence in owner’s manuals didn’t go into effect until three months ago. Automakers that voluntarily put recorders in vehicles are also now required to gather a minimum of 15 types of data.
Besides the upcoming proposal to put recorders in all new vehicles, the traffic safety administration is also considering expanding the data requirement to include as many as 30 additional types of data such as whether the vehicle’s electronic stability control was engaged, the driver’s seat position or whether the front-seat passenger was belted in. Some manufacturers already are collecting the information. Engineers have identified more than 80 data points that might be useful.
Privacy complaints have gone unheeded so far. The traffic safety administration says it doesn’t have the authority to impose limits on how the information can be used and other privacy protections. About a dozen states have some law regarding data recorders, but the rest do not.
“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 Lillie Coney, associate director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, a privacy advocacy group. “Most people who are operating a motor vehicle have no idea this technology is integrated into their vehicle.”
What do you think about this upcoming mandate friends…is this more of our liberties lost? Do you consider this more federal tyranny, or do you consider this a good idea from our federal government?
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