Infowars’ Paul Joseph Watson, reading through Section 31406 of the “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act” (MAP-21) bill that’s currently making its way through Congress, made a nice catch: The bill calls for “Mandatory Event Data Recorders” to be installed in new vehicles starting in the year 2015.
Yes. If the bill becomes law, cars manufactured in the U.S. will have black boxes — similar to the recording devices that are standard inclusions on aircraft.
There are some obvious benefits to making trip reporting a standard feature of automobiles — not just the same benefits, basically, that make them standard features on planes, but also (assuming it’s an option) the personal consumer benefits that come from understanding, in detail, how you use your car. Even more obvious, however, are the drawbacks that will come with the recording devices. For one thing, they’ll make GPS tracking in cars not an anomaly, but an assumption. They’ll be an implicit, omnipresent threat to personal privacy. They’ll take the thing that has been Americans’ prototypical symbol of freedom and individuality — the car — and render it just another piece of trackable infrastructure.
The bill tries to preempt these concerns, going out of its way to specify that the data recorders will be the property of the owners of the cars that contain it. (“Any data in an event data recorder required under part 563 of title 49, Code of Federal Regulations, regardless of when the passenger motor vehicle in which it is installed was manufactured, is the property of the owner, or in the case of a leased vehicle, the lessee of the passenger motor vehicle in which the data recorder is installed.”) And the data recorded on the device, more significantly, may not be retrieved by anyone except the owner of lessee.
However. That doesn’t preclude the government — or anyone else — from demanding those data once they’re collected, for legal or many other reasons. Here are the many exceptions to the bill’s “ownership of data” stipulation:
- Mandatory ‘Big Brother’ Black Boxes In All New Cars From 2015 (talesfromthelou.wordpress.com)
- Big Government on Steroids: Senate Bill Calls for Black Box Recorders on All New Cars (economicpolicyjournal.com)
- Prison Planet.com ” Mandatory ‘Big Brother’ Black Boxes In All New Cars From 2015 (gunnyg.wordpress.com)
- Senate passes bill requiring “Black Boxes” for cars, but your car may already have one (venturebeat.com)
- The Automotive Black Box Data Dilemma (tarpon.wordpress.com)
- U.S. bill makes ‘black box’ monitors mandatory in all new cars by 2015 (digitaltrends.com)
- Mandatory ‘Big Brother’ Black Boxes In All New Cars From 2015 (zionistoutrage.com)
- Mandatory ‘Big Brother’ Black Boxes In All New Cars From 2015 (blacklistednews.com)
- Expect Mandatory ‘Big Brother’ Black Boxes In All New Cars From 2015 (yro.slashdot.org)
- Prison Planet.com ” Forbes Writer Scoffs at Infowars “Freak Out” On Mandatory Black Boxes (“…The most chilling aspect of this……”) (gunnyg.wordpress.com)