Will Mandatory Auto Black Boxes Result in Loss of Privacy?

The Wall Street Journal - April 22, 2012

The Sen­ate passed a bill in March call­ing for manda­to­ry event data recorders to be installed in all new vehi­cles begin­ning with 2015 mod­els to record data before, dur­ing, and after a crash. The bill includes a pri­va­cy pro­vi­sion but gives the gov­ern­ment author­i­ty to access the “black box” in a num­ber of cir­cum­stances that include court order, con­sent of the own­er, an inves­ti­ga­tion or inspec­tion, or to deter­mine the need for emer­gency respons­es. Some fear more exten­sive loss of pri­va­cy relat­ed to event data recorders.