New rule: Car buyers must be told about ‘black boxes’

As a follow-up to this long ago posting, the National Highway Traffic Safety Asministration has passed a resolution requiring car manufacturers to inform buyers if their cars are equipped with event data recorders (EDRs). Car manufacturers must comply with the…

More Amateur Surveillance: License Plate Scanning

We've seem to have recently turned a corner where advanced surveillance & data mining technologies are now increasingly marketed to everyday people. Wired News reports on a new vehicle license plate scanning and tracking that is being pitched to more…

NSF Dissertation Improvement Grant

I am pleased to announce that I have been awarded a Science & Society Dissertation Improvement Grant from the Division of Social and Economic Sciences of the National Science Foundation. This grant will support my dissertation research of the value…

Spatial Data Privacy and the Law

The geospatial technology magazine, Directions Magazine, has an interesting article noting the growing privacy concerns facing the spatial technology industry, and the lack of legal guidance as to how the industry should protect a person's personally identifiable spatial (PIS) data.…

Surveillance, Privacy and the Ethics of Vehicle Safety Communication Technologies

For those readers interested in the intersections between privacy in public, locational privacy, contextual integrity, and vehicle technologies, my article "Surveillance, Privacy and the Ethics of Vehicle Safety Communication Technologies" has been published in the journal Ethics and Information Technology…

Privacy, Web 2.0 and Photographing Strangers – Wired has it Wrong

The rise of camera phones, blogs and photo sharing sites like Flickr means people are frequently taking pictures of complete strangers in public places and posting them on the web. A reader asks Wired magazine if that's a violation of…

Sprint Offers Family Locator Cellphone Tracking

Sprint recently launched its Family Locator cellphone tracking program, entering the growing market of GPS-based cellphone surveillance products. Sprint has apparently engaged in value-sensitive design of this service: The child is notified by a text message each time his or…

PA Bill Seeks to Inform Drivers of Black Box in Vehicles

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has a story about a new bill in the Pennsylvania legislature (Senate Bill 1050) that would require car dealers to tell buyers about the existence of automible black boxes and give the car owner greater control over…

Maryland to Engage in Wholesale Scanning of License Plates

Maryland is continuing its march towards wholesale surveillance of its citizens on the roads by announcing plans to use license plate recognition systems to scan and identify the plates of any vehicle a specially-equipped car happens to drive past. Marc…