Government // Mobile & Wireless

Do Drivers Need More Privacy Protection?

Government can do more to protect data being collected by in-car location tracking services, watchdog agency tells Congress.

 Image: Flickr - MRoach
Image: Flickr - MRoach

Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
User Rank: Author
1/8/2014 | 8:31:41 PM
Re: Open Season
Wisconsin lawmakers are debating police use of automated license plate scanners -- debating whether it should be limited to the use in an active investigation, as opposed to just collecting millions of plates for possible analysis:
Marilyn Cohodas
Marilyn Cohodas,
User Rank: Author
1/8/2014 | 5:36:45 PM
Re: Open Season
As far as privacy goes, I'm all in with government tracking my car. At least the part of government that will send a police car to investigate in the middle of the night when I accidently slide into a utility pole on a sheet of black ice.
User Rank: Author
1/8/2014 | 5:29:56 PM
Open Season
One wonders what the NSA folks are thinking about doing with all that data our cars will be beaming out?

In the meantime, a Senate Commerce committee released a report last month that made it clear that marketers are having a field day with our digital traces.


User Rank: Author
1/8/2014 | 1:39:29 PM
First things first
I'm far more concerned about drivers plowing their cars into the back of mine or swerving into pedestrian traffic while they check their various in-car information sources than I am about companies mining the data those information sources collect.
Lorna Garey
Lorna Garey,
User Rank: Author
1/8/2014 | 1:26:56 PM
What else is new?
I'm shocked, SHOCKED to hear that laws and regulations are lagging behind technology. Talk to a biotech firm sometime -- these jobs are actually moving out of the US because of rampant uncertainly over regulatory direction on everything from stem cells to drug trials.

Meanwhile, we have the least productive congress in history. And we wonder why the economic recovery is slow.
User Rank: Ninja
1/8/2014 | 11:51:18 AM
I'm actually quite glad you brought this to my attention. I'm pretty low tech with my car as I don't drive much so it's not needed, but I didn't even consider the location data from vehicles and their accessories. I'd certainly like to see that encrypted at the very least. 
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
InformationWeek Tech Digest August 03, 2015
The networking industry agrees that software-defined networking is the way of the future. So where are all the deployments? We take a look at where SDN is being deployed and what's getting in the way of deployments.
Twitter Feed
InformationWeek Radio
Archived InformationWeek Radio
Everyone wants a well-educated, successful workforce but just how do you get one? And what, precisely, do you think you can do with it? To answer those and other questions, George Colombo had a conversation with Elliott Masie, head of The MASIE Center, a Saratoga Springs, NY think tank focused on how organizations can support learning and knowledge within the workforce.
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.