The Truth About Cars » Privacy http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Tue, 09 Feb 2016 19:20:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars » Privacy http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com Time To Be Vigilant About Vigilant Solutions’ Spying On Motorists? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/time-vigilant-vigilant-solutions-spying-motorists/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/time-vigilant-vigilant-solutions-spying-motorists/#comments Tue, 02 Feb 2016 14:00:02 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1276593 You probably don’t know much about Vigilant Systems, but the company likely knows more about you than you know about them. That because Vigilant Systems is in the business of knowing. The company has so far collected about 2.8 billion license plate photos with its network of cameras, and every month it adds another 70-80 million photos, […]

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You probably don’t know much about Vigilant Systems, but the company likely knows more about you than you know about them. That because Vigilant Systems is in the business of knowing. The company has so far collected about 2.8 billion license plate photos with its network of cameras, and every month it adds another 70-80 million photos, […]

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Hey, Here’s A Great New Use For License Plate Readers http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/hey-heres-great-new-use-license-plate-readers/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/hey-heres-great-new-use-license-plate-readers/#comments Wed, 02 Dec 2015 17:00:03 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1231793 Two weeks ago, the B&B took the time to educate me about license plate readers and their various extra-legal uses. As someone who has worked at least part-time in the tech industry since the mid-90s, I started thinking about what the cost would be of a distributed plate-tracking business. Eventually the readers will be smaller […]

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Two weeks ago, the B&B took the time to educate me about license plate readers and their various extra-legal uses. As someone who has worked at least part-time in the tech industry since the mid-90s, I started thinking about what the cost would be of a distributed plate-tracking business. Eventually the readers will be smaller […]

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Tracking Stolen Police Cars http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/tracking-stolen-police-cars/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/tracking-stolen-police-cars/#comments Fri, 28 Aug 2015 15:00:24 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1154337 An alert from one of the local news stations popped up on my screen last week asking readers to be on the lookout for a stolen unmarked police cruiser. My first instinct was to warn family and friends that an impersonator was out on the loose. Once I got the word out, I started analyzing the […]

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An alert from one of the local news stations popped up on my screen last week asking readers to be on the lookout for a stolen unmarked police cruiser. My first instinct was to warn family and friends that an impersonator was out on the loose. Once I got the word out, I started analyzing the […]

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Report: TrueCar Drew Hard Line with AutoNation Over Data http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/report-truecar-drew-hard-line-autonation-data/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/report-truecar-drew-hard-line-autonation-data/#comments Mon, 13 Jul 2015 18:00:27 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1114737 Automotive News has interesting insight into the tenuous, and now soon-to-end, relationship between TrueCar and car dealer-giant AutoNation. The report details a May lunch between TrueCar CEO Scott Painter, President John Krafcik and Senior Vice President of Dealer Development Mike Timmons, and AutoNation COO Bill Berman and Chief Marketing Officer Marc Cannon. At the lunch, TrueCar executives reportedly […]

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Automotive News has interesting insight into the tenuous, and now soon-to-end, relationship between TrueCar and car dealer-giant AutoNation. The report details a May lunch between TrueCar CEO Scott Painter, President John Krafcik and Senior Vice President of Dealer Development Mike Timmons, and AutoNation COO Bill Berman and Chief Marketing Officer Marc Cannon. At the lunch, TrueCar executives reportedly […]

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Virginia Set To Establish Strict Retention Limits On LPR Data http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/virginia-set-establish-strict-retention-limits-lpr-data/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/virginia-set-establish-strict-retention-limits-lpr-data/#comments Fri, 17 Apr 2015 10:00:29 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1046218 The Commonwealth of Virginia is ready to set strict limits on how long license plate reader data can be retained, said limits being on the order of days. Autoblog reports two bills hit Governor Terry McAuliffe’s desk Wednesday that would balance the citizens’ right to privacy with law enforcement’s need to investigate potential crimes. One […]

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The Commonwealth of Virginia is ready to set strict limits on how long license plate reader data can be retained, said limits being on the order of days. Autoblog reports two bills hit Governor Terry McAuliffe’s desk Wednesday that would balance the citizens’ right to privacy with law enforcement’s need to investigate potential crimes. One […]

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Homeland Security Re-evaluating License-Plate Reader Database Plan http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/homeland-security-re-evaluating-license-plate-reader-database-plan/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/homeland-security-re-evaluating-license-plate-reader-database-plan/#comments Mon, 06 Apr 2015 11:00:28 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1039049 Over a year after Homeland Security passed on building a national license-plate reader database, the department is once again interested. Autoblog reports DHS is this time seeking a commercial solution already on the market, instead of looking to contractors to build the database as the department once desired. Going the commercial route would help bolster […]

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Over a year after Homeland Security passed on building a national license-plate reader database, the department is once again interested. Autoblog reports DHS is this time seeking a commercial solution already on the market, instead of looking to contractors to build the database as the department once desired. Going the commercial route would help bolster […]

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Oakland PD Turns Over 4.6M License Plate Dataset Via Public Records Request http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/oakland-pd-turns-4-6m-license-plate-dataset-via-public-records-request/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/oakland-pd-turns-4-6m-license-plate-dataset-via-public-records-request/#comments Fri, 27 Mar 2015 13:00:25 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1030273 Via a public records request, the Oakland Police Department has turned over 4.6 million reads of 1.1 million unique plates recorded between 2010 and 2014. Ars Technica made the request, resulting in the aforementioned license-plate reader dataset made between December 23, 2010 and May 31, 2014. The publication then hired a data visualization specialist to […]

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Via a public records request, the Oakland Police Department has turned over 4.6 million reads of 1.1 million unique plates recorded between 2010 and 2014. Ars Technica made the request, resulting in the aforementioned license-plate reader dataset made between December 23, 2010 and May 31, 2014. The publication then hired a data visualization specialist to […]

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ACLU: Drug Enforcement Administration Tracking Plates Since 2008 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/01/aclu-drug-enforcement-administration-tracking-plates-since-2008/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/01/aclu-drug-enforcement-administration-tracking-plates-since-2008/#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 12:00:09 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=989522 It’s not just auto lenders and police who track plates: The Drug Enforcement Administration has collected 343 million records since 2008. According to the American Civil Liberties Union, the DEA’s National License Plate Recognition program has at least 100 license plate readers deployed by the agency in states such as California, New Jersey and Georgia, […]

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It’s not just auto lenders and police who track plates: The Drug Enforcement Administration has collected 343 million records since 2008. According to the American Civil Liberties Union, the DEA’s National License Plate Recognition program has at least 100 license plate readers deployed by the agency in states such as California, New Jersey and Georgia, […]

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Valet Mode Data Recorder In 2015 Corvettes Could Bring Legal Trouble For Some http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/valet-mode-data-recorder-2015-corvettes-bring-legal-trouble/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/valet-mode-data-recorder-2015-corvettes-bring-legal-trouble/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 10:00:29 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=921601 Not too long ago, General Motors brought comfort to many a new 2015 Corvette Stingray owner with a feature that would do for them what teddy-bear cams did for concerned parents, recording audio, video and vehicle data when the key was given to the valet. Alas, the spyware could land the owner in legal hot […]

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Not too long ago, General Motors brought comfort to many a new 2015 Corvette Stingray owner with a feature that would do for them what teddy-bear cams did for concerned parents, recording audio, video and vehicle data when the key was given to the valet. Alas, the spyware could land the owner in legal hot […]

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Real-Time Data May Lead To Greater Automated Law Enforcement http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/real-time-data-may-lead-greater-automated-law-enforcement/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/real-time-data-may-lead-greater-automated-law-enforcement/#comments Wed, 24 Sep 2014 11:00:08 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=917562 Presently, V2V (vehicle to vehicle) and V2I (vehicle to infrastructure) technologies are meant to allow a vehicle so-equipped to better navigate its surroundings, and to exchange data with other vehicles like it. If law enforcement has its way, however, the red and blue lights in the rearview mirror could soon give way to the electric […]

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Presently, V2V (vehicle to vehicle) and V2I (vehicle to infrastructure) technologies are meant to allow a vehicle so-equipped to better navigate its surroundings, and to exchange data with other vehicles like it. If law enforcement has its way, however, the red and blue lights in the rearview mirror could soon give way to the electric […]

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NHTSA 2016 V2V Proposal Open For Public Comment http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/08/nhtsa-2016-v2v-proposal-open-public-comment/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/08/nhtsa-2016-v2v-proposal-open-public-comment/#comments Fri, 22 Aug 2014 10:00:26 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=897786 As reported earlier, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration unveiled plans to mandate vehicle-to-vehicle technology within the next few years through a proposal that could take just as long to make it through Congress. Since then, more details and reactions about the V2V proposal have come out. Autoblog reports the plan, which will be available […]

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As reported earlier, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration unveiled plans to mandate vehicle-to-vehicle technology within the next few years through a proposal that could take just as long to make it through Congress. Since then, more details and reactions about the V2V proposal have come out. Autoblog reports the plan, which will be available […]

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GM China Introduces Plate-Scanning App For Driver-To-Driver Texting http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/gm-china-introduces-plate-scanning-app-for-driver-to-driver-texting/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/gm-china-introduces-plate-scanning-app-for-driver-to-driver-texting/#comments Wed, 18 Jun 2014 13:00:45 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=845849 Ever been cut-off by a driver and wanted to let them know exactly how you feel without the need for a PIT bumper? Did you happen to see someone attractive pass you by, but didn’t want to be as obvious as Clark Griswold about it? If you’re in China, General Motors is about to make […]

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Ever been cut-off by a driver and wanted to let them know exactly how you feel without the need for a PIT bumper? Did you happen to see someone attractive pass you by, but didn’t want to be as obvious as Clark Griswold about it? If you’re in China, General Motors is about to make […]

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Data Privacy Concerns Rise Within Connected-Car Industry http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/data-privacy-concerns-rise-within-connected-car-industry/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/data-privacy-concerns-rise-within-connected-car-industry/#comments Fri, 06 Jun 2014 13:00:33 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=838401 As more vehicles come with infotainment systems mounted in the dashboard console, consumers are beginning to face the issue of losing privacy behind the driver’s seat. The Detroit News reports data from a vehicle so equipped is collected every time the ignition is turned, from where one fills up their tank and stomach, to how […]

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As more vehicles come with infotainment systems mounted in the dashboard console, consumers are beginning to face the issue of losing privacy behind the driver’s seat. The Detroit News reports data from a vehicle so equipped is collected every time the ignition is turned, from where one fills up their tank and stomach, to how […]

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Homeland Security License Plate Data Collection Plan Cancelled http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/homeland-security-license-plate-data-collection-plan-cancelled/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/homeland-security-license-plate-data-collection-plan-cancelled/#comments Fri, 21 Feb 2014 16:02:53 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=751089 A plan to create a database from collected license plate data by the Department of Homeland Security was cancelled after said plans were made known without knowledge from top officials. AOL Autos reports the plan, which would have sought bids from private companies to build the database, would have helped Immigration and Customs Enforcement in […]

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A plan to create a database from collected license plate data by the Department of Homeland Security was cancelled after said plans were made known without knowledge from top officials. AOL Autos reports the plan, which would have sought bids from private companies to build the database, would have helped Immigration and Customs Enforcement in […]

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Statewatch: EU Has Plans for Police to Remotely Stop Cars http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/statewatch-eu-has-plans-for-police-to-remotely-stop-cars/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/statewatch-eu-has-plans-for-police-to-remotely-stop-cars/#comments Mon, 03 Feb 2014 11:30:08 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=731122 A privacy advocacy group is reporting that European police forces are working on a remote stopping system to be fitted to cars at the factory that would allow authorities to deactivate any vehicle. Leaked documents reveal plans to implement the system by 2020. The idea is to eliminate the need for high speed chases or […]

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A privacy advocacy group is reporting that European police forces are working on a remote stopping system to be fitted to cars at the factory that would allow authorities to deactivate any vehicle. Leaked documents reveal plans to implement the system by 2020. The idea is to eliminate the need for high speed chases or […]

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Jim Farley Backtracks On FoMoCo Tracking Drivers, GAO: Automakers Retain GPS Data http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/01/jim-farley-backtracks-on-fomoco-tracking-drivers-gao-automakers-retain-gps-data/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/01/jim-farley-backtracks-on-fomoco-tracking-drivers-gao-automakers-retain-gps-data/#comments Fri, 10 Jan 2014 04:49:39 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=696161 Ford’s marketing head Jim Farley apologized on Thursday for remarks he made at the Consumer Electronics Show the day before saying that the automaker tracks their customers via their cars’ navigation systems. He said that Ford knows where and when customers drive their vehicles but doesn’t share or sell that data outside the company. “We […]

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Ford’s marketing head Jim Farley apologized on Thursday for remarks he made at the Consumer Electronics Show the day before saying that the automaker tracks their customers via their cars’ navigation systems. He said that Ford knows where and when customers drive their vehicles but doesn’t share or sell that data outside the company. “We […]

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RFID Enhanced Driver’s Licenses: Big Brother Or Brighter Future? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/09/rfid-enhanced-drivers-licenses-big-brother-or-brighter-future/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/09/rfid-enhanced-drivers-licenses-big-brother-or-brighter-future/#comments Wed, 04 Sep 2013 15:22:38 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=508993 Wired.com is reporting that the state of California has abruptly tabled legislation that might have allowed RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) chips to be embedded into the state’s drivers’ licenses. Privacy activists are hailing the suspension of this plan as a victory against government intrusion in people’s lives and believe that these chips, which are actually […]

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Wired.com is reporting that the state of California has abruptly tabled legislation that might have allowed RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) chips to be embedded into the state’s drivers’ licenses. Privacy activists are hailing the suspension of this plan as a victory against government intrusion in people’s lives and believe that these chips, which are actually […]

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Brazil Mandates RFID For Cars Starting in 2014 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/brazil-mandates-rfid-for-cars-starting-in-2014/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/brazil-mandates-rfid-for-cars-starting-in-2014/#comments Tue, 14 Aug 2012 12:00:07 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=456591 Psst! Hey, buddy! Do you want to have a complete travel/movement database for your automobile-using populace but don’t have the scratch for a a bunch of high-tech, privacy-destroying surveillance copcars? Brazil has an idea for you! An article published last week in ZeroHora notes the details of the implementation: a five-dollar chip to be installed […]

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Psst! Hey, buddy! Do you want to have a complete travel/movement database for your automobile-using populace but don’t have the scratch for a a bunch of high-tech, privacy-destroying surveillance copcars? Brazil has an idea for you! An article published last week in ZeroHora notes the details of the implementation: a five-dollar chip to be installed […]

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Big Brother Is Watching, Recording, And Storing You. ACLU Alarmed http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/big-brother-is-watching-recording-and-storing-you-aclu-alarmed/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/big-brother-is-watching-recording-and-storing-you-aclu-alarmed/#comments Thu, 09 Aug 2012 14:51:58 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=456067 Over the recent years, Automatic License Plate Recognition (ALPR)  has come into increased use.  What has the American Civil Liberties Union up in arms is that the data are stored and can be used to compile behavioral profiles on innocent civilians. The state of Maryland seems to be in the lead when it comes to centralized […]

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Over the recent years, Automatic License Plate Recognition (ALPR)  has come into increased use.  What has the American Civil Liberties Union up in arms is that the data are stored and can be used to compile behavioral profiles on innocent civilians. The state of Maryland seems to be in the lead when it comes to centralized […]

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US Supreme Court Wrestles with GPS Surveillance of Automobiles http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/us-supreme-court-wrestles-with-gps-surveillance-of-automobiles/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/us-supreme-court-wrestles-with-gps-surveillance-of-automobiles/#comments Tue, 29 Nov 2011 16:32:50 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=420636 The US Supreme Court earlier this month heard oral arguments in a case that will set the legal boundaries for police GPS surveillance of automobiles. Last year, the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit ruled that police were wrong to spend a month tracking the every move of Antoine Jones, who was arrested […]

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The US Supreme Court earlier this month heard oral arguments in a case that will set the legal boundaries for police GPS surveillance of automobiles. Last year, the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit ruled that police were wrong to spend a month tracking the every move of Antoine Jones, who was arrested […]

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Paper Treated Differently Than Smartphones in Automobile Searches http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/paper-treated-differently-than-smartphones-in-automobile-searches/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/paper-treated-differently-than-smartphones-in-automobile-searches/#comments Tue, 01 Nov 2011 14:16:52 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=416403 Motorists searched during a traffic stop may find their iPhone data electronically grabbed by police in ways that would not be possible or acceptable with written material. Some police departments, including the Michigan State Police, are equipped with a mobile forensics device able to extract images, videos, text messages and emails from smartphones. In some cases, […]

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Motorists searched during a traffic stop may find their iPhone data electronically grabbed by police in ways that would not be possible or acceptable with written material. Some police departments, including the Michigan State Police, are equipped with a mobile forensics device able to extract images, videos, text messages and emails from smartphones. In some cases, […]

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Quote Of The Day: TSA Hits The Road Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/quote-of-the-day-tsa-hits-the-road-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/quote-of-the-day-tsa-hits-the-road-edition/#comments Mon, 24 Oct 2011 01:13:08 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=415685 With TTAC’s editorial team rendezvoused in Georgia in preparation for our Southern Tour, it seems the state of Tennesse has been warned of the coming invasion of Niedermeyers, Langs, Schmitts and Baruths. According to Nashville’s News Channel 5 [via Robert Farago’s Truth About Guns], the Volunteer State has, er, volunteered to become the first state to […]

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With TTAC’s editorial team rendezvoused in Georgia in preparation for our Southern Tour, it seems the state of Tennesse has been warned of the coming invasion of Niedermeyers, Langs, Schmitts and Baruths. According to Nashville’s News Channel 5 [via Robert Farago’s Truth About Guns], the Volunteer State has, er, volunteered to become the first state to […]

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The War On Drivers: “Car-To-X” Communication System Testing Begins http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/the-war-on-drivers-car-to-x-communication-system-testing-begins/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/the-war-on-drivers-car-to-x-communication-system-testing-begins/#comments Sat, 22 Oct 2011 19:30:05 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=415617 Though the idea that there is a “war on cars” appeals to certain segments of society, there’s little evidence for any such effort. On the other hand, it’s pretty clear that there’s a “war on drivers” on, and it’s being led by the automotive industry. On the one hand, cars are being ever-more laden with […]

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Though the idea that there is a “war on cars” appeals to certain segments of society, there’s little evidence for any such effort. On the other hand, it’s pretty clear that there’s a “war on drivers” on, and it’s being led by the automotive industry. On the one hand, cars are being ever-more laden with […]

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California: Appeals Court Approves Cell Phone Search During Traffic Stop http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/california-appeals-court-approves-cell-phone-search-during-traffic-stop/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/california-appeals-court-approves-cell-phone-search-during-traffic-stop/#comments Tue, 04 Oct 2011 14:09:27 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=413434 The California Court of Appeal on September 26 approved a police officer’s rifling through the cell phone belonging to someone who had just been pulled over for a traffic violation. Reid Nottoli was pulled over on December 6, 2009 just before 2am as he was taking a female friend home. Santa Cruz County Deputy Sheriff […]

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The California Court of Appeal on September 26 approved a police officer’s rifling through the cell phone belonging to someone who had just been pulled over for a traffic violation. Reid Nottoli was pulled over on December 6, 2009 just before 2am as he was taking a female friend home. Santa Cruz County Deputy Sheriff […]

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Ohio Appeals Court Strikes Down GPS Vehicle Spying http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/ohio-appeals-court-strikes-down-gps-vehicle-spying/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/ohio-appeals-court-strikes-down-gps-vehicle-spying/#comments Fri, 30 Sep 2011 14:29:29 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=413038 Although the US Supreme Court is expected to settle the issue of GPS tracking of motorists soon, a three-judge panel of the Ohio Court of Appeals, Fifth District ruled 2-1 earlier this month against the warrantless use of the technology. The majority’s decision was likely designed to influence the deliberations of the higher courts. On […]

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Although the US Supreme Court is expected to settle the issue of GPS tracking of motorists soon, a three-judge panel of the Ohio Court of Appeals, Fifth District ruled 2-1 earlier this month against the warrantless use of the technology. The majority’s decision was likely designed to influence the deliberations of the higher courts. On […]

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