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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.

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ChrisMurphy
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ChrisMurphy,
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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: 

http://www.jsonline.com/news/milwaukee/proposed-wisconsin-bill-would-set-rules-for-license-plate-readers-b99155494z1-234324371.html
Marilyn Cohodas
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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.
WKash
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WKash,
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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.

http://www.commerce.senate.gov/public/?a=Files.Serve&File_id=bd5dad8b-a9e8-4fe9-a2a7-b17f4798ee5a

 

 
RobPreston
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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
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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.
Whoopty
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Whoopty,
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1/8/2014 | 11:51:18 AM
Thanks
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. 
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