Thursday, September 22, 2011

Onstar Tracking - #3266 - Glenn Beck's OnStar's Concerns Were Right - Tracking Continues Even After Cancellation - The Blaze


Beck's OnStar's Concerns Were Right - Tracking Continues Even After Cancellation - The Blaze - 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. 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.  To read the new privacy policy from OnStar which allows continued monitoring......  This clip has been viewed 127,796 times.

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