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Data Recorders in Cars Might Open Pandora's Black Box

Date: July 27, 2004
Author: Cindy Skrzycki
QUOTE: A rule the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration proposed...would blow the cover on "black boxes" in cars, standardizing by 2008 the kinds of information they collect and requiring the data be disclosed to those who own or lease the vehicles...The problematic issues are privacy and disclosure.

ABSTRACT: The “black boxes” that are known to be in airplanes and trains are being proposed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to accumulate data such as the speed of a car before a crash, whether the driver was wearing a seat belt as well as other info that otherwise would be difficult to collect. But some are concerned that the gathering of such data is an invasion of the owners’ privacy and are asking that the owners’ permission be given before such recorders are installed.

--- Sari Kent

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