The 4th Amendment to the Constitution reads, “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”
Click here to read an editorial written by David Strickland, administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration under President Barack Obama. Strickland explains why — without a warrant, often without even informing drivers — it’s acceptable for the government to require that an “event data recorder” be placed in every new car and track the driving behavior of every driver, on and off America’s roads.
Strickland attempts to assure Americans by telling them that “an event data recorder does not record conversations, personal information, or video.” But it does measure your speed, steering, braking behavior, seat belt usage, and more. Strickland vows that the NHTSA treats the data with strict concern for privacy — but he doesn’t tell you that other government agencies, corporations and private entities can and do grab this data, often without your permission. This information can be used against you in a court of law or to charge a higher fee for insurance, for instance. In most cases, you don’t have ownership of the black box that travels with you, meaning you don’t have the right to remove it.