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Big Brother In The Passenger Seat

September 22, 2011 by  

Big Brother In The Passenger Seat

If your vehicle is equipped with OnStar, Big Brother may be watching you while you’re traveling down the highway per new terms in the company’s agreement with General Motors drivers.

Before the change, the terms and conditions said that OnStar could collect information on vehicle location only during a theft recovery or in the midst of sending emergency services to a driver. Now, the company says that it has the right to collect and sell personal, yet supposedly anonymous, information on vehicles, including speed, location, seat belt usage and other information. This information will be sought by law enforcement agencies and insurance companies.

Those who believe that simply canceling the service protects them from OnStar spying are incorrect, as the company claims the right to keep connections for data collection open unless it is specifically asked to shut them down.

OnStar is a subsidiary of the General Motors Corporation, the vehicle manufacturer that received nearly $10 billion in Federal money via a bailout.

 

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • Christin

    Loss of FREEDOMS …yet again.

    The Gestapo will know more about you than you know about yourself.

  • Raggs

    I have their service and I have asked them if this is true I have yet to see a responce.. If it is true and I’m sure that it is I will end my use for them.

  • s c

    Why people call elected vermin the ‘ruling elite’ is beyond me. It’s common knowledge that most of the scum who find their way to Washington don’t work for the American people. They are nothing less than puppets dancing at the end of strings.
    They’re told what to say, when to say it, how to say it and why. They are anything but elite. Remember, by definition, ‘people’ like Gore were considered part of that mystical “elite.”
    Not too long ago, Gore would have been viewed as just another robber baron. The ability to screw others and get rich has NOTHING with being elite (unless you include criminals in that definition).

  • David M

    Not only that if your late with your car payment they can disable your car now. Whats to stop them from listening in on your conversations in the car?

    • http://deleted Claire

      Let them listen to me all they want. I really don’t give a rat’s ass. I will continue to keep my freedom. I will do what I want whenever I want. I refuse to let paranoia turn me into a bitter old woman.

      • http://deleted Claire

        BTW– I love my Chrysler touring van–it is awesome.

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