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 February 11, 2012  Posted by  Business, Non-U.S., Surveillance

From the BBC, news that “black box” monitoring linked to lowered insurance premiums is catching on in the U.K.:

The AA is set to launch a new insurance policy which uses sat-nav technology to track driver performance.

The firm said the system would allow its better drivers to receive cheaper premiums.

It follows similar efforts by smaller insurers. Larger rival Direct Line has told the BBC it is also piloting its own “black box” scheme.

Critics of the technology said that data should not be used as a reliable measure of a driver’s ability.

Read more on BBC. This type of thing is already in use in the U.S. and I’ve seen a number of ads from Progressive promoting this as a way for drivers to say money on premiums. Of course, the ads do not indicate how the data might be used against you or under what circumstances. Has anyone seen any of these policies’ disclosures about what data are collected and how they can be used?

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