It appears that OnStar users have something in common with Rockwell, and we're not talking about an affinity for products from Detroit. You should always feel like somebody's watching you... because they are. OnStar is tracking a handful of data streams related to your driving such as speed and location, and it's doing so regardless of whether you are still subscribed to the system.

Many are surprised at just how much information OnStar is grabbing, and see this move as a clear invasion of privacy. OnStar has no plans to change, and this has lead U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer to call for a government investigation into the actions of the telematics company. Schumer believes that what Onstar is doing is unfair trade practice, and "one of the most brazen invasions of privacy in recent memory."

You may be an average man or woman, with an average life. You work from nine to five, and you may or may not pay the Onstar Price. If all you want is to be left alone in your average home, OnStar might have you feeling like you're in the Twilight Zone.


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      whofan
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don`t big brother riding with me if I`m a subscriber. I don`t need a ghost rider with me if I`m a non subscriber. My Chevrolet is a 2001 model. I think I`ll drive till the doors fall off it. Then I`ll shop for a vehicle make without all this BS in it if possible. The new cars have too much junk in their trunk!
        Trevonte
        • 3 Years Ago
        @whofan
        Have a credit card? Have a cell phone? Use the internet? Drive on public roads? Have a library card? Then you're being tracked by Big Brother! Welcome to our life now as we know it. At least OnStar can at least save a life I guess.
          Jason H
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Trevonte
          So we should just roll over and take it...? It's contented sheep like you who don't give a rat's ass that allows the government/corporations/pretty much whover feels like it to take advantage of the populace out of greed and thirst for power. If you want to sell your own freedom and privacy down the river for hollow promises of safety from crime/accidents/terrorists/you name it that's fine but as long as there are still a few people left in this world with little backbone we're gonna raise hell and fight this B.S. every step of the way.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @whofan
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          whofan
          • 3 Years Ago
          Yes it`s darn close. My steering shaft is rattling for the fourth time. 2001 Sliverado.
          Jason H
          • 3 Years Ago
          No sarcasm needed. Feels like my 99 Silverado is hanging together with nothing but bubble gum and bailing wire. People think I'm anti-Chevy when I talk about cars, but It's not so much an inherent bias as it is learned behavior.
      clquake
      • 3 Years Ago
      Don't they have some budget thing they need to work on? Priorities!
      Rotation
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well, let's see what happens. GM says they anonymize the data. Nissan is tracking LEAFs, just anonymizing the data, I didn't see Schumer get excited about that. Maybe there wasn't enough political hay to be made?
      DrEvil
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hey GM: Had to find a way to shoot yourself in the foot huh? Grown tired of the LS, and is not loving anything that Ford currently makes. You had at least three products that I was considering as my next car. OnStar was also a consideration, now that you've EFFed it up, Chrysler 300 Exec edition here I come.
        DrEvil
        • 3 Years Ago
        @DrEvil
        Come on, there had to be at least one soul in the room when this decision was made, that knew that this was a bad idea.
        Mike K
        • 3 Years Ago
        @DrEvil
        GM doesn't own OnStar, they are simply OnStar's biggest partner. Audi's old telematics system was provided by OnStar.
          DrEvil
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Mike K
          As of when?
          DrEvil
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Mike K
          This link says differently. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/sep/7/kellner-onstar-mirror-reflects-poor-technology-gra/
        • 3 Years Ago
        @DrEvil
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      Dark Gnat
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks like another Senator is attaching himself to a hyped up controversy in order to get some attention, and look like he's doing something. Why is everyone so upset about this now? Why didn't anyone get upset when their credit cards, store discount cards, cell phone providers, ISP, cable company, phone company, insurance company, facebook, google, yahoo, amazon, and ebay did/are doing the very same thing? Answer - because no one reads end user license agreements or terms and conditions. If you consented to it, it's your own damned fault for being lazy and stupid. If more people red what they were signing and complained about it BEFORE doing so, there would be less of this kind of thing happening.
      hevace
      • 3 Years Ago
      Coming soon: automatic ticketing! Your GM car coordinates vehicle speed info with GPS data. If you are in violation of a local speed ordinance, the money will be deducted from your account.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @hevace
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      johnb
      • 3 Years Ago
      Lemme see, One govt. agency (The Senate) investigating another govt. agency (GM). This is kinda like cops investigating an off duty police officer shooting someone. "Everyone move along nothing to see here!" Chucky I think your phone is ringing and ohh,.. it's the WH calling!
        Basil Exposition
        • 3 Years Ago
        @johnb
        You clearly do no know the definition of a government agency.
          johnb
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Basil Exposition
          LOL, that word bothers you? well, actually, yeah I know what it means and I stand by it. Look up the synonyms for agency if you wish. Maybe you would prefer "Branch" of govt. GM being the branch in charge of making cars and babysitting union thugs.
      hevace
      • 3 Years Ago
      I know shysters from GM's PR department read this blog and do everything they can to deflect criticism and discredit sources critical to General Motors. Just remember that the free market voted for GM's extinction, and you, the taxpayer, voted the people into office that use your tax dollars to empower and further enable the three-ring circus of corruption, dishonesty, and incompetence that is General Motors.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @hevace
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      mikemaj82
      • 3 Years Ago
      big deal, what can they do with this information? Nothing. lol. people are paranoid.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @mikemaj82
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      William
      • 3 Years Ago
      I expect this from the police but not from a private company. I wonder it digital radio companies do something similar.
      Chi
      • 3 Years Ago
      I am happy with my Chevrolet other than the OnStar. I do not like it and wish it were not on my car. It will not buy another GM car again unless GM sells them without OnStar. I do not need GM to know where I am. I do not need them to unlock my car. I do not need them to listen in on my conversations in my car. OnStar is a deal breaker for me. I do not need GM or any one else to know my every move! Absolutely unacceptable...
      Eddian!
      • 3 Years Ago
      All that data provided for free for a company to sell forward and make money from. They should at least give you free OnStar if they will utilize and sell your data. Google should make Google Telematics. They will surely track you and sell your data, and make you watch advertisements on your rearview mirror, but at least they will provide you services in exchange.
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