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senate Bill S. 766

Should Data Gathered by Event Data Recorders in Cars be the Property of the Car’s Owner?

Argument in favor

Data that is recorded by cars shouldn’t be accessed by anyone other than the owner or law enforcement who’ve obtained a warrant. To allow otherwise would be a significant privacy violation.

Kristyna 's Opinion
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05/21/2016
The information should belong to the owner of the car with certain information be sent back to the manufacturer so that they can continue to modify things in relation to the models to make it safer. As well as the police having access but in the case of a fatal crash
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Mike's Opinion
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04/08/2016
If I buy a computer for artwork the digital content is obviously owned by me. Why wouldn't it be?
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John's Opinion
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02/05/2017
You have the rights to your personal effects. If you buy a car, you own it, it is your personal effect. I think whoever owns the title should be the proprietor of said information.
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Argument opposed

This won’t necessarily prevent car owners from unwittingly signing over the rights to their car’s data to an insurer or other third party.

Chad's Opinion
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01/26/2017
Blocking free use of this data could impede or prevent research on how the vehicles are used, which could be extremely useful for the development of new technologies (e.g. Self-driving cars, parking apps, safety applications, etc)
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Renewedman's Opinion
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03/12/2016
The information gathered could be used to make cars safer. I do believe that the people should be informed of how the data is used.
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Zane's Opinion
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05/18/2017
Sounds useless. Lord knows we need less legislation.
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What is Senate Bill S. 766?

This bill would make clear that any data contained in a car’s event data recorder (EDR) is the property of the car’s owner or lessee - regardless of when the car was manufactured.


Data that is recorded or transmitted by an EDR may not be accessed by anyone other than the owner or lessee, unless:

  • A court, judicial or administrative authority authorizes the data retrieval, and whatever retrievable data there is meets the standards for admission into evidence required by the court.

  • The car’s owner or lessee provides consent for the data’s release for any purpose.

  • The data is retrieved in determining the need for emergency medical response.

  • It is retrieved for traffic safety research with the personally identifiable information of the owner or lessee removed.


Within one year of this legislation’s enactment the Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration would submit a report detailing the amount of time EDRs should capture and record for retrieval of vehicle-related data to provide enough information for crash investigations. The Administrator would then have a two-year window in which they would be required to put forward regulations on the amount of time EDRs should retain data.

Impact

People who own or lease a car with an event data recorder (EDR); courts, legal or administrative authorities; the Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Cost of Senate Bill S. 766

A current CBO cost estimate is unavailable. The CBO did analyze a version of this legislation in June 2014, finding that implementing this bill would cost about $1 million over the 2015-2019 period.

More Information

In-Depth:

A version of this legislation was introduced during the 113th Congress, but it failed to receive a vote in the Senate before the end of 2014.


Of Note:

In 2012 the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) proposed a regulation that would require EDRs to be installed in all new light-duty vehicles (cars, light trucks, and SUVs) beginning in September 2014. It has been estimated that EDRs installed in about 96 percent of new cars sold in the U.S.


A staff attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation said that “The amount of data that they (EDRs) record is vast. And its not capped.” The EDRs capability can potentially include GPS tracking, although that data isn’t stored on the device.


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AKA

Driver Privacy Act of 2015

Official Title

A bill to limit the retrieval of data from vehicle event data recorders, and for other purposes.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The house has not voted
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
    IntroducedMarch 17th, 2015
    The information should belong to the owner of the car with certain information be sent back to the manufacturer so that they can continue to modify things in relation to the models to make it safer. As well as the police having access but in the case of a fatal crash
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    If I buy a computer for artwork the digital content is obviously owned by me. Why wouldn't it be?
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    You have the rights to your personal effects. If you buy a car, you own it, it is your personal effect. I think whoever owns the title should be the proprietor of said information.
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    Blocking free use of this data could impede or prevent research on how the vehicles are used, which could be extremely useful for the development of new technologies (e.g. Self-driving cars, parking apps, safety applications, etc)
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    Absolutely
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    Data that is recorded by cars shouldn’t be accessed by anyone other than the owner or law enforcement who’ve obtained a warrant. To allow otherwise would be a significant privacy violation.
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    Enough is enough with this Congress, and wanting to know everything about us, when we don't know everything about them. I've had it with these guys, and our privacy. Our privacy is not up for grabs for corporations, or politicians. When they tell all, and give up their freedoms, then maybe we will, but until then leave our freedom alone!
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    Privacy...
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    My car..my data
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    We should be allowed to see how our data is being used.
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    Anything in the vehicle is property of the owner.
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    USA job, USA workers
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    The vehicle belongs to thw owner and so does any dat recorded by it. Any informatikn gatheres during the vehicles operation is tje sole property of the owner and shoukd nit be accessed without their permission.
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    It's your property and you have the right to be secure in your property and person. When in doubt turn to Locke.
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    If I buy a car, it, and all of its parts are owned by me. If the event recorder does not beling to the consumer, then s/he should be able to charge a regular fee for storing said recorder on his/her property, or to refuse to have said property stored on his/her property.
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    It's Theirs
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    Sounds useless. Lord knows we need less legislation.
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    It's my car, the manufacturer does not own it, I should be able to easily access a readable data that I can download as a .csv or .xls file, so that I can use this data to improve fuel consumption, understand want kind of maintenance or repair is needed, or supply evidence in court or to my insurance.
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    The owner owns the computer as part of the car. Unless there is a provision in the laws of the state to allow you to drive for the good of the public, the information contained should only be released with the approval of the owner.
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    The information gathered could be used to make cars safer. I do believe that the people should be informed of how the data is used.
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