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2012-07-24 16.00.52-1The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration wants to force automakers to install “black boxes” in new vehicles.

Ostensibly the NHTSA simply wants to collect data that might help improve safety for drivers and passengers and it certainly would also prove most useful in determining what led to accidents and assigning fault, no doubt.

The anecdote in the article linked below does show how it would easily resolve events that happen on the road where there are no witnesses.

Still, there is a major privacy issue here. Also a question of ownership over the data.

One would think the data should belong to the owner of the car, and not, say, the insurance company that covers you.

According to the ABC News story:

“Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray of Massachusetts found out the hard way last year.

He crashed a car he was driving and told police that he was wearing a seatbelt and was not speeding at the time of the crash.

However the black box installed in his car revealed he was actually speeding at 75 miles per hour in a 65 mile per hour zone, before accelerating to more than 100 miles per hour.”

Whoops!

Read full coverage on the feds’ “little black box” from ABC News below:

Feds Want ‘Black Boxes’ in New Cars, But Who Will Be Tracking You?