Big Brother and GM OnStar?

Only lunatics thought that hooking a monitored GPS system to your car was insane, that OnStar would be used to spy on the general American populace. You know, the ones we all called and still think are crazy?

…They were right.  Proof, here. Breakdown of intended powers? Here.

Short version: They will collect speed, location, and any other pertinent vehicle data they want and have access to.
“In addition to other purposes set out in the prior version of the Privacy Statement, we may use the information we collect about you and your Vehicle to improve the quality of our Service and offerings and may share the information we collect with law enforcement or other public safety officials, credit card processors and/or third parties we contract with who conduct joint marketing initiatives with OnStar.”
-Taken directly from OnStar’s explanation of the user agreement changes. (Class action lawsuit based on 4th amendment rights, anyone?)

But wait, they go on:
“Unless the Data Connection to your Vehicle is deactivated, data about your Vehicle will continue to be collected even if you do not have a Plan. It is important that you convey this to other drivers, occupants, or subsequent owners of your Vehicle. You may deactivate the Data Connection to your Vehicle at any time by contacting an OnStar Advisor.”

If it were on my car, I’d be digging under the hood to physically disconnect the unit, and then jerk the fuze it’s connected to. (FYI, I did a quick google search and found 366,000 results, all the top ones were links on how to locate and physically disconnect or remove the OnStar box from the vehicle.)

How long until the GPS modules in every single smart phone out there, which are already being used by Apple’s wonderful apps for the iPhone to track users movements, are used to track exactly where you are, not just what cell towers you are connected to, for governmental or commercial sale? (Companies and state governments have already tracked via signal movement.) Are we as a society really comfortable with a company who sells us a product, gathering information about us and our activities, and selling or providing the government with that information? For what purpose? Why would they even want it? (I really don’t want to know… the implications are scary.)

For heaven’s sakes… we’ve become animals; we are not walking around wearing collars with tracking devices, we happily carry the tracking devices around, convinced that we can’t go without them.

What has happened to us?

Brice Bitter

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