U.S. Senator Calls OnStar’s Plan to Track Vehicle Data ‘Brazen Privacy Invasion’

Detroit Bureau - September 25, 2011

U.S. Sen­a­tor Charles Schumer (D-NY) has called for a gov­ern­ment inves­ti­ga­tion of OnStar for its plan to track data such as mileage, speed, and loca­tion of vehi­cles oper­at­ed by cur­rent and for­mer sub­scribers and sell that infor­ma­tion to third par­ties. Under revised Terms and Con­di­tions, OnStar con­firms its intent to main­tain two-way con­nec­tion to cur­rent and pre­vi­ous sub­scribers’ vehi­cles unless specif­i­cal­ly asked not to do so. One rea­son giv­en for main­tain­ing the link is to alert vehi­cle occu­pants about severe weath­er con­di­tions and pro­vide vehi­cle own­ers with updat­ed war­ran­ty data or recall issues.