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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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