United Four Wheel Drive Associations (UFWDA) motorcycle equivalent organization the American Motorcycle Association (AMA), are supporting a Bill to protect your privacy from vehicle event data recorders. That Bill, the Black Box Privacy Protection Act is to be introduced by US Reps. Mike Capuano (D-Mass.) and Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.).
The bill will protect owners’ rights by requiring dealers to prominently disclose to consumers if an event data recorder, known as a black box, is installed in their vehicle, the data collection capabilities of such a device, and how such data may be used. The bill clarifies that the owner of the vehicle owns the data and it may not be accessed without the permission of the owner. Furthermore, this bill requires that manufacturers provide consumers with the option of controlling the recording function in future automobiles or motorcycles that are equipped with black boxes. In other words, the ability to turn the black box on or off.
Currently, no federal law exists that clarifies the rights of vehicle owners to ownership of the recorded data.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking requiring black boxes in all cars manufactured after Sept. 1, 2014. The NHTSA already has disclosure requirements, but the Black Box Privacy Protection Act would make the disclosure more prominent and give consumers even greater choice and privacy protections.
UFWDA support the moves by the AMA and the work of Reps. Capuano and Sensenbrenner and ask the 4×4 recreation community to urge your representative to become an original cosponsor to the Black Box Privacy Protection Act.
Attached is a pre-written letter, simply download and include your details, date and sign it, then send directly by mail or email to your representative, whose address details you can find at http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Elected.shtml