Automotive Security

Black Boxes For Cars Raise Privacy Issues

Automotive Tracking Could Lead To Taxing

Lawmakers are constantly drafting legislation and creating new laws that lead to bigger government and less rights for the people. Most of these laws that invade privacy are cloaked under the suggestion that the legislation will help promote our safety and increase personal protection. That is what is happening with the latest form of technology known as the automotive black box which will likely be a staple on every newly manufactured automobile in the near future. The only problem is that these devices have the potential to severely impact personal privacy.

Black Boxes: From Planes To Vehicles

Black boxes have been used for decades in flight applications to determine the cause of any aviation accidents. The black boxes basically record all activity related to flight, including speed, cockpit voice communication, control panel use and more. The technology has been instrumental in helping the National Transportation and Safety Board along with other aviation agencies unlock the events that occurred which resulted in a plane accident. Understanding the value black boxes have had with aviation, many legislators have been pushing for a similar form of technology to be implemented in automobiles. What is being suggested, and appears to be a certainty in the very near future, is that every newly manufactured automobiles be equipped with a system similar to that of a black box. The automotive recording system would log information about the speed a driver traveled, locations arrived and a number of driving related behaviors. These automotive black boxes would likely call upon some form of GPS tracking and on board diagnostics to document the travel acidity, and that is what has some privacy advocates are upset about.

Many states have discussed using GPS trackers to measure and monitor the mileage driven by motorists for the purpose of taxing drivers who use the roadways more. Although fuel is already taxed in order to pay for road maintenance, any new measure that adds additional taxes seems a bit unjust. However, one of the primary concerns about any automotive black box solutions is that they will give legislators an easy way to monitor the vehicles of citizens. This data could then be used to track mileage for taxation purposes, but also used to determine what religious institutions a person is connected with, political affiliations, personal activities and more. This is because even though legislators will say they will only access black boxes strictly for mileage accounting, the GPS tracking technology used in the automotive monitoring devices will hold other data as well. By stating automotive black box systems can improve personal safety lawmakers and government will have the ability to easily transition into a program that could tax motorists according to the mileage each person drives. However, these black box devices designed with GPS tracking capabilities will also provide other data to outside agencies, private data that most people are not okay with being shared.

Are you concerned that government agencies may have the ability to track your location and travel activity 24/7 through the use of an automotive black box device that uses GPS tracking technology?

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