Change to OnStar Terms
GM’s OnStar service embeds both a mobile phone system and GPS transmitter into enabled vehicles. The data from the GPS is sent to the company, along with information from the vehicle’s computer. The information is then used to identify and report accidents and vehicular malfunctions. In mid-September, OnStar announced a change to the terms and conditions of the OnStar service that would allow the company to collect, record, archive and sell the tracking information, even if OnStar service has been canceled.
Senators question privacy protection
Senator Schumer, upon hearing that OnStar would continue to record the private information of subscribers, even after cancellation, prompted the FTC to look into the practice.
“By tracking drivers even after they’ve canceled their service, OnStar is attempting one of the most brazen invasions of privacy in recent memory,” said Schumer. “I urge OnStar to abandon this policy and for FTC to immediately launch a full investigation to determine whether the company’s actions constitute an unfair trade practice.”
OnStar backs out – slightly
The Register: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/09/28/onstar_gps_tracking_former_customers/
Detroit News: http://www.detnews.com/article/20110926/AUTO01/109260347/1148/OnStar-privacy-in-question
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