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Previously thought of as a conspiracy theory...

Postby Woodsman » Tue Oct 04, 2011 2:55 pm

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/onstar-announces-tracking-continues-even-after-cancellation/

Two years ago, Media Matters mocked Glenn Beck for his “conspiracy theory” that OnStar had too much power with its ability to track cars, listen to conversations and ultimately turn the car off. Well, it looks like his concerns were accurate, as GM has just made a major announcement about the GPS system.

Here’s the video from Media Matters in 2009:

Wired now reports that even if you cancel your OnStar service, you are still being tracked:

OnStar began e-mailing customers Monday about its update to the privacy policy, which grants OnStar the right to sell that GPS-derived data in an anonymized format.

Adam Denison, a spokesman for the General Motors subsidiary, said OnStar does not currently sell customer data, but it reserves that right. He said both the new and old privacy policies allow OnStar to chronicle a vehicle’s every movement and its speed, though it’s not clear where that’s stated in the old policy.

“What’s changed [is that if] you want to cancel your OnStar service, we are going to maintain a two-way connection to your vehicle unless the customer says otherwise,” Denison said in a telephone interview.

The connection will continue, he said, to make it “easier to re-enroll” in the program, which charges plans from $19 to $29 monthly for help with navigation and emergencies.

Continuing to collect information, Denison said, makes it easier OnStar to provide information for organizations that request it:

“We hear from organizations periodically requesting our information,” he said.
Wired notes that blogger and forensic scientist Jonathan Zdziarski, who wrote about OnStar “spying on customers” GPS location for profit” said he was canceling his service and making sure he was fully disconnected. He wrote, “When will our congress pass legislation that stops the American people’s privacy from being raped by large data warehousing interests? Companies like OnStar, Google, Apple, and the other large abusive data warehousing companies desperately need to be investigated.”


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Re: Previously thought of as a conspiracy theory...

Postby kilroy » Tue Oct 04, 2011 7:51 pm

and those capabilities could be wondrous to the right person at the right time. i wonder how secure onstar's servers are...
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Re: Previously thought of as a conspiracy theory...

Postby nowonmai » Tue Oct 04, 2011 8:02 pm

Not exactly Rumsfeld whacking Pat Tilman is it.
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Re: Previously thought of as a conspiracy theory...

Postby lok8 » Sat Nov 05, 2011 2:59 am

Q outing Glenn Beck ain't exactly like the word from the mountain........


Unless you get residuals from the scheme


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Re: Previously thought of as a conspiracy theory...

Postby Woodsman » Sat Nov 05, 2011 2:58 pm

nowonmai wrote:Not exactly Rumsfeld whacking Pat Tilman is it.


Stay tuned. That story at 5.
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