This isn't anything new... The restraints control module on many vehicles
has been busy recording many vehicle parameters during both deployment and
nondeployment events.(sorry, I am not privvy to the nondeployment factors
that will generate a recording). There was a stink on a public forum (ord
diesel related) several years ago but it died a whimpering death. I have, on
occasion, been faced with a restraints control module that offers a code
indicating that module memory is "full".
My own view? If you aren't doing anything wrong - you have nothing to
hide.... At the same time, the world is full of people that do have stuff to
hide... and they are making my life complicated...
All things being equal.... I don't have any big concerns with my actions
being recorded... I do, however, have a concern with a society that makes it
That 'not doing anything wrong/nothing to hide' attitude is what tyranny
counts on. The problem is we never know what might cause us all sorts of
trouble. What might be spun into something wrong. As someone who has
delt with corporate politics I've learned that *ANYTHING* can be spun as
a negative. I was once told I was giving 110% on something but I was bad
because it didn't seem like I wanted to. And it's even worse when
dealing with cops and prosecutors who are just looking to close things
out and fill up their scorecards.
They'll go after the more politically viable target and driving a
mustang by itself makes one more likely to be that target.
To get an even better idea of why 'nothing to hide' doesn't work, see a
youtube video on why we should never talk to police. The first part is a
talk given by a defense lawyer, the second is a cop who then agrees with
everything the defense lawyer says and explains why.
I think this is the video, but can only do a search atm, can't watch it
to verify: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wXkI4t7nuc
Perhaps the best thing is: it's "your" black box/data. You bought
it. However, if "you" want to challenge an automaker over a design
defect (i.e. unintended acceleration) or individual in a traffic case,
your (though, it would be your option) strongest case would be to
submit your black box data in court.
Anyone agree with me?
Well, yeah as long as I have the final say as to whether or not it an be
used. Just like taking the Fifth. But how is the law written in the US?
I suppose if a warrant is issued,like they do to access one's PC hard
drive then you can't really keep your data, can you?
And... to get an inspection you must connect to the OBD2. Who's to
say they won't send the black box data to your insurance company and to
the local police traffic division. Of course, you have *nothing* to
hide. Except when you hit 71 in a 60 zone while getting past that log
truck one day. No one including yourself noticed; until your rates spike
by $71 and you get a speeding ticket in the mail. Is that such a far
We have Redflex speed and red light cameras here. I was, like so
many of the "but if you have nothing to hide" crowd; erroneously in
favor of them at first. Then came the screw ups and over indulgences,
then came the red light cams and their tickets for legally turning right
on red and then the shorter amber cycles....
But those of us that highlight the abuses and scams in the beginning
get called "kooks" and worse. When the things come out as scams, when
the abuses are well known, it's forgotten that the "kooks" were right
all along or worse change can't happen because nobody wants to speak up
and be called a "kook".
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