posted on Jan, 13 2005 @ 10:56 PM
There is pending legislation at the moment that will make the installation of a black box data recorder mandatory in every vehicle manufactured or
imported into the US. The only protection of civil rights offered in that bill is that retailers will have to disclose the data recorders to a buyer.
We are talking about a very serious violation of your right to privacy, and I took my concerns to my Congressman Charles Taylor, and I expressed my
concerns and posed the question as to who is actually sponsoring this legislation, law enforcement or insurance companies. Mr. Taylor, while he is a
republican, has a pretty good track record of responding to the concerns of his constiuents, and he sent some information from NHTSA that I found
useful, however he failed to really address the question as to who is behind this legislation. I would initially suspect that it derives as a mandate
from insurance companies who could benefit by saving a buck, in other words you get into an accident and say you were doing the speed limit of 45mph,
but your data recorder says you were doing 46mph, so you broke the law and your insurance doesn't pay dime one. That is the nice theory behind this
legislation, but I suspect it not JUST the insurance companies behind it.
Seekerof, I may be wrong here, but my vehicle is private property regardless of what road I am on, the legal precedents in both common law and state
law make this abundantly clear, and telling me I can now be monitored, tracked, and investigated without any probable cause or warrant issued from a
court is sickening to me. While you seem to be fine and dandy with illegal search and seizure, alot of us are not. If they want to get off their ass
and show some probable cause to a judge as to why someone should be tracked and monitored, then fine, get a warrant, show some shred of evidence, and
install a system, but changing the laws here to violate a basic constitutional right to privacy at literally the very whim of a law enforcement agency
is a disgrace. They can stick their warrantless, causeless, violation of our right to privacy and of our right to protect us from illegal search and
seizure right up their collective arses.