September 23, 2011
DALLAS - OnStar, the security service offered primarily on General Motors vehicles, announced it will continue to monitor people who quit their service. ThatĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s raising eyebrows for people concerned about protecting their privacy.
Starting in December OnStar will collect information from all vehicles with its equipment installed. Data will include things like a vehicleĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s speed, location, current odometer reading and whether or not the seat belts are in use or airbags are deployed.
The potential of that information is also part of the policy changes.
Ă˘â‚¬Ĺ“They are gathering lots and lots of data about their subscribers, making that data available to third parties for research, for commercial sales,Ă˘â‚¬Âť said Mark Rotenberg of the Electronic Privacy Information Center.
Some people arenĂ˘â‚¬â„˘t too upset.
Ă˘â‚¬Ĺ“Most companies do sell your information so itĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s just one more phone call, one more piece of junk mail,Ă˘â‚¬Âť said Blair Lee.
Others believe it is an invasion of privacy.
Ă˘â‚¬Ĺ“ItĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s really no oneĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s business where I go, what I eat or what I do,Ă˘â‚¬Âť said Tim Davis.
OnStar said people who stop their subscription and donĂ˘â‚¬â„˘t want to be tracked will also have to have the equipment disabled in their car.
The company said it does not plan to sell any information with identities attached.
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