Sep 262011
 September 26, 2011  Business, Surveillance

David Murphy reports:

Senate democrats are jumping on board the bandwagon – a wagon that wouldn’t use General Motors’ OnStar service, we note – to protest the company’s recent changes to the detailed tracking system for one’s vehicle.

Just how detailed?

According to General Motors, OnStar tracks a number of specific variables, including oil life, tire pressure, and a vehicle’s fuel economy – including the point at which the car was last refilled with gas. That’s in addition to the car’s location and speed, tracked via the car’s built-in GPS, as well as a variety of statistics related to vehicular accidents: The direction of a crash, the seat belt status of the vehicle’s driver and passengers, air bag deployment, et cetera.

In short, OnStar tracks a smorgasbord of information – that’s not the crux of the Senators’ issues with the service. Rather, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) has joined Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) in protesting the company’s recent decision to continue tracking OnStar information even after a customer ends his or her subscription to the service.

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