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The Secret World Of License Plate Tracking (Yes, It's As Shady As You Think)

The Secret World Of License Plate Tracking (Yes, It's As Shady As You Think)

Few people like license plate readers, or LPRs. Despite the safety they promise, they're at best imperfect, and at worst, a grievous invasion of privacy. If you're one of those folks who's wary about LPRs, you might want to steer clear of an article recently published in Wired. It makes abundantly... read more

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Ford Motor Company's Jim Farley

Ford's Jim Farley Apologizes For Claiming, "We Know What You’re Doing"

Dennis Rodman isn't the only person suffering from foot-in-mouth disease this week. Jim Farley, Ford's Global VP for Marketing and Sales, succumbed to it, too, and now, he's... read more January 10, 2014 by 


 
Toyota Prius navigation screen

Carmakers Know Where You Go -- And You Can't Get Them To Delete The Data

Big data is a very big deal. To be sure, it has plenty of useful applications, like helping us navigate traffic jams and tracking down criminals, all thanks to the aid of GPS... read more January 8, 2014 by 


 
Toll plaza with E-ZPass on the Spaulding Turnpike near Rochester, NH (via Wikimedia user Fletcher6)

E-ZPass, Smartphones, GPS-Tracking, And The End Of Privacy

Privacy ain't what it used to be. Just a decade or so ago, most of us paled at the thought of sharing our phone numbers and addresses with corporations, knowing that an... read more September 16, 2013 by 


 
Department of Transportation vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) program

NTSB Pushes for Vehicle-To-Vehicle Communication Systems: How Long Until They Appear?

We've spilled a lot of virtual ink over vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-grid communications. Both are promising technologies that could substantially reduce the number of... read more July 26, 2013 by  2


 
Camera lens

You Are Being Watched: ACLU Shows Extent Of License Plate Tracking: Slideshow

Last fall, we told you about the widespread use of license plate readers -- cameras deployed by government agencies to scan and track plates as cars move across town and... read more July 18, 2013 by  3


 
Trinity, professional hacker [from The Matrix]

Who Can Protect Our Cars From Hackers? NHTSA Can!

Fully autonomous cars are still years away from hitting the roads, and the U.S. probably won't be the first to receive them. But that hasn't stopped car fans from thinking... read more May 17, 2013 by  0


 
First Scene Car Blackbox Traveling Data Recorder

Black Box Recorders: Groundbreaking Safety Devices Or The End Of Privacy?

We're all familiar with event data recorders -- or as they're more commonly known, "black boxes". EDRs are standard equipment on airplanes, and any time there's a mishap... read more April 16, 2013 by  0


 
Austin, Texas (by Flickr user milpool79 via Wikimedia)

Everything's Bigger In Texas -- Even Privacy Protections

If you're worried about personal privacy in the digital age, keep reading: there may be some good news ahead. Cell phones, laptops, and other modern conveniences have been a... read more March 8, 2013 by  0


 
First Scene Car Blackbox Traveling Data Recorder

As Black Boxes Become Mandatory, AAA Raises Privacy Concerns

Whether you know it or not, chances are good that the car you drive is equipped with a "black box" recorder. In fact, nearly 92% of vehicles sold in the U.S. carry them... read more December 13, 2012 by  0


 
Cameras

You Are Being Watched: License Plate Readers & The End Of Privacy

Most of us are familiar with traffic cameras that monitor roadways for speeders and red-light runners. But how much do you know about licence plate readers, or LPRs? Ars... read more October 1, 2012 by  1


 
The founders of Google and one of their autonomous Toyota Prius hybrids

Consumer Watchdog Chases Google's Autonomous Car

Autonomous cars are a hot topic of conversation nowadays. Fans of the status quo see them as a waste of time. Driving enthusiasts see them as the harbinger of a boring, 55... read more September 11, 2012 by  1


 
OnStar

OnStar Caves, Reverses Privacy Policy Change

After announcing plans to change its terms and conditions to enable what one U.S. Senator called a "brazen" invasion of privacy, OnStar has decided to reverse its course, and... read more September 27, 2011 by  0


 
General Motors' OnStar

OnStar Is Watching (Even After Your Subscription Expires)

UPDATE: OnStar has issued a video clarifying the TOS. It's embedded below. Every day, it seems the world gets a little smaller, and like a slowly shrinking dormitory, it... read more September 22, 2011 by  3


 
Weeels app for iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Palm

Lawmakers Aim To Limit Stalker Apps, GPS Data Mining

Could data from your cellphone be obtained to see how much you speed? Could your music-streaming app be tracking where you listen to Lady Gaga, or your navigation app be... read more June 17, 2011 by  0


 
Facebook logo

Facebook (And Stupidity) Land Car Sellers In Hot Water

Bad-mouthing the boss is a pretty terrible idea, but that doesn't stop people from doing it. In hallways, at the water cooler, over cocktails at happy hour, disgruntled... read more December 14, 2010 by  0


 
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