OnStar Under Government Scrutiny
Just last Wednesday I wrote about OnStar updating their Privacy Statement, allowing them to sell data it harvests from your vehicle to third-parties. I was one of many to give a public opinion on the matter, and now U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer of New York is calling on the FTC to investigate OnStar for what he calls a blatant invasion of privacy. From the AP:
But the General Motors Corp. OnStar service says customers are thoroughly informed of the new practice. If a customer says he or she doesn’t want to have data collected after service is ended, OnStar disconnects the tracking.
OnStar did send out an announcement about changing their Privacy Statement, and I must admit that I did appreciate the simple bullet list of changes abbreviated at the top. It’s the last sentence that bothers me the most, “If a customer says he or she doesn’t want to have data collected after service is ended, OnStar disconnects the tracking.” Since when was canceling a service not all inclusive? If I am no longer paying for your service then I expect you to stop monitoring my vehicle.