Snooping On YOU In Your Car?
A Commentary BY J. D. LONGSTREET
Back several years ago, when I learned of the black boxes some American automakers were installing on their cars, I was so disturbed by it that I immediately contacted my dealership and asked, flat-out, if there was a black box on my truck. They claimed not to know, which seemed sorta strange to me, so – I contacted the manufacturer directly, gave them the VIN number of my vehicle and asked them if there was a black box on my truck. Soon afterwards the manufacturer assured me that there was NOT a black box on my vehicle. It happened that mine was one of the models without it.
I had already asked my dealership if they would disconnect it, or would it be left to me to disconnect it myself. I pointed out that if there were, indeed, a black box on my vehicle, it WOULD be disconnected one way or the other. Fortunately, it did not come to that.
Now comes news of another information gathering device on American cars manufactured reportedly by General Motors, known derisively these days as “Government Motors.”
The claim is that GM’s Onstar system, a subscription service, is collecting data about your car including GPS info, speed, location, seat belt usage, and other information. OnStar says that it has the right to collect and sell personal, yet supposedly anonymous information on your vehicle.
There is an excellent article on this very thing entitled: “GM's OnStar now spying on your car for profit even after you unsubscribe? [UPDATE]”