"There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with
power to endanger the public liberty." - - - - John Adams

Monday, July 22, 2013

Black boxes forced on your car by Big Brother

Spread Your Butt Cheeks Wide
Big Brother is Fucking You
The 4th and 5th Amendments are being abolished

Shit.  I am getting so damn fucking tired of doing these 1984 Police State stories.  But they keep coming at me almost every day.

We now see government and corporations working together to bypass the Bill of Rights and force you to pay for equipment to spy on yourself and then turn that data over to the Police.  Buried deep inside a car: the event data recorder, more commonly known as the black box.
About 96 percent of all new vehicles sold in the United States have the boxes, and in September 2014, if the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has its way, all will have them.
The boxes have long been used by car companies to assess the performance of their vehicles. But data stored in the devices is increasingly being used to identify safety problems in cars and as evidence in traffic accidents and criminal cases.

And the trove of data inside the boxes has raised privacy concerns, including questions about who owns the information, and what it can be used for, even as critics have raised questions about its reliability reports the New York Times.

Bend Over America
4th Amendment  -  The government ignores the 4th Amendment and "encourages" and/or forces car makers to place black boxes in all American cars in order for law enforcement to track your every movement without a warrant.
5th Amendment  -   Not only do you have to pay for a black box to spy on yourself, but the collected data can be turned over to criminal investigations and civil lawsuits, make the information accessible to third parties, including law enforcement or insurance companies to jack up your rates.  You are effective being forced to testify against yourself.   

But to consumer advocates, the data is only the latest example of governments and companies having too much access to private information. Once gathered, they say, the data can be used against car owners, to find fault in accidents or in criminal investigations.
“These cars are equipped with computers that collect massive amounts of data,” said Khaliah Barnes of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, a Washington-based consumer group. “Without protections, it can lead to all kinds of abuse.”

Fourteen states, run by both Republicans and Democrats, have passed laws that say that, even though the data belongs to the vehicle’s owner, law enforcement officials and those involved in civil litigation can gain access to the black boxes with a court order.
In these states, lawyers may subpoena the data for criminal investigations and civil lawsuits, making the information accessible to third parties, including law enforcement or insurance companies that could cancel a driver’s policy or raise a driver’s premium based on the recorder’s data.

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