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…

Black Boxes Capture Car-crash Data, Controversy

Warren Webb at EDN.com has posted a nice summary article on the vehicle black box controversy, “Black Boxes Capture Car-crash Data, Controversy”: With little fanfare or customer notification, some automobile manufacturers have for years been recording your driving habits. Initially…

Black box data ownership in North Dakota

One of the concerns regarding new information technologies used in cars is the ownership of the data. This is a particular concern in the case of black boxes, systems that record pre-accident vehicle data, mostly for the benefit of insurance…

How I am Celebrating Choose Privacy Week 2015

Today marks the start of Choose Privacy Week, the annual initiative (always May 1-7) of the American Library Association that invites the public into a national conversation about privacy rights in a digital age. Along with Center for Information Policy Research,  I’ve been a proud…

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…

Surveillance in Spheres of Mobility

The collaborators at the important “On the Identity Trail” project in Canada were kind enough to ask me to write an essay for their blog. Here is an excerpt: Surveillance in Spheres of Mobility: Privacy, Technical Design and the Flow…

Driving Big Brother

Wired News reports that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration plans to release new rules for controversial car black boxes this summer: Contrary to expectations, the rules don’t require automakers to install the boxes in every car, but they do…

Google’s Homepage Hypocrisy

[UPDATE: As of Jan 7, 2010, Google has now changed its homepage so the Nexus One ad fades in with the other content — more below] Remember how hard we gad to fight to convince Google to include a link…