Author's Note: Do you have the right to privacy when you're in your car?
Someone recently said -- and I wish I could remember where I read this -- "You can either have the Internet or privacy." It's sucky, but that does ring true. So it only makes sense to me that inviting the Internet into your car is going to further reduce the privacy you think you have there. Cars are becoming more like rolling computers every day anyway, and the telemetry they can collect and send to dealerships, marketers, and back to the R&D lab at the manufacturing site is vast. Even if manufacturers and app developers spell out your privacy rights and lack thereof, when was the last time you read an entire user agreement before clicking "accept" and telling the app to hurry up already?
I was surprised that SCOTUS (that's Supreme Court of the United States, for those of you who aren't obsessed with their decisions) ruled to make it even slightly more difficult to track vehicles. Score one kind of weak but important point for privacy.
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- Kravets, David. "Supreme Court Rejects Willy-Nilly GPS Tracking." Wired.com. Jan. 23, 2012. (July 3, 2013) http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/01/scotus-gps-ruling/
- Timberg, Greg. "Web-connected cars bring privacy concerns." The Washington Post. March 5, 2013. (June 26, 2013) http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2013-03-05/business/37453419_1_car-insurance-companies-new-cars-seat-belt
- USA Today Money. "Your car may be invading your privacy." USA Today. March 24, 2013. (June 26, 2013) http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/cars/2013/03/24/car-spying-edr-data-privacy/1991751/
- White, Ronald D. "Car black boxes: Privacy nightmare or a safety measure?" Los Angeles Times. Feb. 15, 2013. (June 26, 2013) http://articles.latimes.com/2013/feb/15/autos/la-fi-hy-advocates-say-car-black-boxes-could-become-a-privacy-nightmare-20130215