privacy

Everything's Bigger In Texas -- Even Privacy Protections
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 boon to civilization, but they've also put our lives on display. Sometimes we're active participants in that process, like...Read More»

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, including all GM, Ford, and Toyota models. But 92% isn't enough. As we've mentioned before, the National Highway Traffic Safety...Read More»

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 Technica has posted one of the most thorough and thoughtful examinations of LPRs to date, and the implications for drivers are...Read More»

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 mph future. And politicians see them as high-tech boogeymen to scare seniors into voting booths. (NB: that tactic didn't work.)...Read More»

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 will not collect and share data from canceled subscribers. OnStar had planned to change its terms of service to allow it to...Read More»

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 becomes harder to get any privacy. Sadly, the latest Terms of Service agreement from OnStar isn't making things easier for...Read More»

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 dropping breadcrumbs and marketing your trail to businesses? The answers might be a little surprising, as users of smartphones...Read More»

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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 employees frequently air their grievances to potentially sympathetic co-workers and friends. Most of those complaints never make...Read More»

The Google Street View Car
More Bad News For Google Maps Fans: Street View Broke British Law

Two weeks ago, a Canadian court found Google guilty of breaking privacy laws when its Street View vehicles collected data from wifi networks as they roamed the Great White North. Now, there's more bad news for Google, and possibly for the people who depend on Google Maps: a British court has issued...Read More»

The Google Street View Car
Google Street View Raises Questions About Privacy, We Provide Answers

Last spring and summer, Google was embroiled in a brief but heated scandal involving data collection for its Street View service. America hasn't seen much fallout from the debacle, but courts in other parts of the world have dealt the folks from Mountain View a few setbacks. What does this mean for...Read More»

The Google Street View Car
Germany Gives Google Guff Over Street View Debut

It's easy to think that the internet is everywhere and that it's the same wherever you go. When we're on Amazon, for example, and we're told that we can't download a particular song because it's not yet available in America, that seems really strange. After all, we're not in America, we're online...Read More»

2011 Kia Optima
Today at High Gear Media: Hackers in Cars, Kia Optima, and Leaf

We've driven the 2011 Kia Optima enough for a very Quick Drive. First Drive? We'll save that for a future date. [MotorAuthority] Could your WiFi-connected car be vulnerable to hackers? And could you hire them to hotwire the Coke Zero machine? Just a thought. [TheCarConnection] Smart's Fortwo is...Read More»

Alpine Blackbird Portable Navigation System
Walmart, Starbucks Most Popular Nav-System Destinations

When in unfamiliar areas, drivers like finding pizza, Starbucks, and Walmart, and drivers in sprawling Phoenix are much more likely than those elsewhere to go out of their way for cheap gas. Those are among the many interesting findings from the navigation-services company TeleNav. Beginning in...Read More»

Loose all-weather floor mat jams accelerator pedal. Photo: NHTSA
Black Box Recorders Might Prove Useful In Toyota Cases

If you have a vehicle that's less than five years old, it likely has a black-box data recorder that—like it or not—is making a running log of what's going on. That includes Toyotas—some going all the way back to 2001—and yes, those covered by the recalls. And depending on how the courts...Read More»

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Driver Distraction Alert: Like Google Ads, But With Billboards

Targeted ads on the Internet—for a product related to what you're reading about—are one thing. But what about targeted ads on billboards, using data about what kind of car you're driving? That's what was tried in the U.K., where motorists were shown ads advising them of the proper Castrol motor...Read More»

Google Maps traffic - New York area
Google Maps Your Commute, Takes To The Side Streets

Google this week took one more step toward data domination—this one bolstering its Google Maps traffic data—and it could eventually have far-reaching consequences for the availability and price of traffic information for navigation systems. Step up to a navigation system on a new car, and it's...Read More»

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London Tries Anti-Speeding Black Box

By many accounts Britain is already a surveillance society, with a frighteningly high level of personal data collection and tracking. So somehow it's not too surprising that the U.K. is considering some of its most drastic, interventionist measures for motorists—including controlling the gas...Read More»

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