Codebreaker

OnStar pressure heats up

John Moe Sep 26, 2011

Last week we told you about the fine print in the new OnStar user agreement which lets the company retain your information and share it with advertisers and law enforcement. Weirdly enough, OnStar is able to maintain a two-way connection to the user even AFTER the user discontinues the service. “Ick”, said users (collectively). Hearing about this, some US Senators are either incensed about the violation of citizens’ rights OR sensing a golden political opportunity and are coming out swinging against OnStar. Late last week, Senators Al Franken (D-MN) and Chris Coons (D-DE) expressed their concerns over the agreements. Now it’s Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) getting even bolder about it, charging that OnStar is violating privacy and calling for an FTC investigation.

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