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    Report: US driver data privacy laws aren't strict enough for EU
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    In October the Association of Global Automakers and the Alliance of Automobile Manfuacturers informed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that they were working together on a set of privacy protection guidelines for drivers. The privacy concerns the data collected by modern ...

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    Official: Automakers promise better protection for drivers' data
    Critics Say New Measures Don't Go Far Enough In Securing Information 1415975400

    "Automakers believe that strong consumer data privacy protections are essential to maintaining the trust of our customers." – Mitch Bainwol Cars know a lot about their owners. Many Americans don't realize it, but their vehicles are now mobile computers that collect, store and transmit ...

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    Featured: Motorists losing right to see automated license-plate reader data [w/videos]
    Three Recent Court Cases Pit Law Enforcement Against Privacy Advocates 1414096140

    Law enforcement agencies know a lot about the whereabouts and daily habits of millions of American motorists through the use of automated license-plate readers. Motorists, on the other hand, don't know much about the records police officers have collected through the use of these machines. These ...

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    Exclusive: How privacy fears are driving automakers in the age of the connected car [w/poll]
    Ford To Hire Global Privacy Policy Attorney 1409092140

    A recent GAO report concluded car companies don't adequately disclose how and why they share location data. As cars collect and store more and more data about the whereabouts of their drivers, automakers are responding to critics who say they should be more transparent about how those details ...

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    Report: Feds cancel plans to collect license-plate data nationally
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    The federal government's plan to build a nationwide database of information culled from license-plate scanners has been canceled. Officials from the Department of Homeland Security quickly reversed course on the proposed project late Wednesday, saying top officials within the department and the ...

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    Report: Ex-Ford and Carbon Motors exec working on robot security guards
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    Back in 2003, former Ford executive William Santana Li and former police officer Stacey Dean founded Carbon Motors, a company that designed a purpose-built diesel police car that recently filed for bankruptcy. But they're at it again, this time with a new company and a new invention that looks ...

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    Report: CA stops plans for RFID-enabled driver's licenses [w/poll]
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    California could have become the fifth state to issue enhanced driver's licenses (EDL) and identification cards embedded with radio frequency identification (RFID) chips, but last Friday, state lawmakers suspended the legislation over privacy concerns. The RFID-equipped cards were to be optional, ...

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    Report: Popularity of pay-as-you-drive auto insurance accelerating
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    In the face of rising auto insurance premiums, insurance companies have been responding with potentially cheaper, pay-as-you-drive plans that, for billing purposes, track when, how, how much and where drivers use their vehicles instead of basing rates on statistics and past trends, The Detroit ...

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    Report: Senate OKs mandatory black boxes in cars for 2015, House expected to follow
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    It's been working its way through Congress for years, but according to Car and Driver, an event recorder mandate could soon become law. The Senate has already voted to adopt a transportation bill that would make the so-called "black boxes" mandatory by the 2015 model year. According to the ...

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    Report: Max Mosley's privacy case rejected by European Court of Human Rights
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    It appears as if Max Mosley has gotten whipped once again. But this time, it wasn't in an alleged S&M dungeon with a gaggle of hookers dressed up as Nazi officers, it was in no less distinguished a forum than the European Court of Human Rights. The former FIA president, as you may recall, ...

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    Report: Google admits Street View cars swiped emails, passwords
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    Remember when we mentioned that Google, through its Street View camera cars, had accidentally captured "bits of data" from unsecured WiFi networks? The search engine giant has now admitted that the street mapping cars captured quite a more. In fact, when the vehicles found open networks they were ...

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    NHTSA requires disclosing "black box" details
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    Starting in 2011, automakesr will be required to inform consumers if their new vehicle includes an event data recorder, or "black box". Such devices have recently come under fire from privacy advocates, as manufacturers have been somewhat less than forthcoming about information on the devices. The ...

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