On Tue, 10 Jan 2006 17:28:58 -0500, "James C. Reeves"
So what. I bet there's a clause in the contract for the service
regarding use of information that can be obtained through the service.
Should the vehicle owner not sign a contract and information obtained
through the OnStar system is used in a criminal case against them,
they probably stand a good chance of getting any charges dropped. At
the least, that information is inadmissable, they never gave
permission to GM, or anyone, to make use of the system.
To answer the actual question, I'm pretty sure there's an OnStar
module that can be unplugged, or the antenna can be disconnected from
whatever module it plugs into. This will, of course, disable the
personal calling feature.
That has never stopped the Department of Homeland Security, look at the
illegal wiretap case.
If a person has your VIN number calls DHS and says you have a bomb in your
car they can immediately track and disable your vehicle, evidence or not.
I don't blame you in the least for not wanting this active, as I will never
own a car that has Onstar in it. Eventually they want to use the GPS and
ESN to charge you tax for every mile you drive in your car. If you disable
the system the state installs in your car for tax purposes, (for cars w/o
onstar) the car will stop running after one hour should the GPS array not
call the mother computer. This system is based on the toll tag system
(EZTAG here in Texas) they want to eliminate toll booths altogether on
existing toll roads and accept no coins, toll tag only or you don't drive.
The gasoline tax is not enough for them, especially with the more fuel
efficient hybrid cars and upcoming fuel cell vehicles.
Here is a little insight to the new tolls in Texas
Then this will condemn large parcels of land
This will prove that this is not a chicken little scenario
Don't vote for the SOB. We have some of the sorriest excuses for
public servants in Texas that the world has ever seen.
You can't stop progress, but we have, and have always had, a bunch
of self serving, lobbyist kissing, scumbags.
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