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"Black Box" Data Recorders in Cars

presented by Nate Cardozo,

Electronic Frontier Foundation

 

The vast majority of new cars sold in the United States contain a device that continuously monitors the driver’s behavior and vehicle performance. This so-called “black box” or Event Data Recorder (EDR) records at least the last several seconds of vehicle and driver data before a crash, ostensibly for use by crash investigators.  In December 2012, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) proposed rules that would mandate EDRs in all new cars and light trucks.  While EDRs can serve a valuable forensic function, the Electronic Frontier Foundation is concerned that the NHTSA’s proposed rules fail to address driver and car-owner privacy in a meaningful way.

Nate is a Staff Attorney on the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s digital civil liberties team, focusing on free speech and privacy litigation.  In addition to his work at EFF, Nate teaches first-year legal writing and moot court at U.C. Hastings.  Nate has a B.A. in Anthropology and Politics from U.C. Santa Cruz and a J.D. from U.C. Hastings.

Schedule:

Refreshments for pre-registrants only starting at about 6:30 PM.

Seminar starting at about 7 PM.

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  • Alison C.

    http://www.edmunds.com/car-technology/car-black-box-recorders-capture-crash-data.html

    Edmunds' article "Decoding What's in Your Car's Black Box: Who Owns the Data and Who Can Tap It?"

    August 17, 2014

    • Alison C.

      The driver crashed into a tree and his car caught on fire. The fact that people see a conspiracy in this incident strikes me as preposterous. Am I missing something? A driver crashed into a tree and died in a fire on the street where I live in the last few years.

      July 3, 2013

    • Dean L.

      Thanks Allison for posting this up! Were you planning on posting up the video from the event also?

      June 19, 2013

  • John

    Oops, I'm out of town, I was looking forward to it..:(

    June 10, 2013

  • Sudipto

    I started working in the automotive area and would like to attend this

    June 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Seems this is a talk about privacy issues, not a technical talk about how to interface with black boxes. I would be interested in a technical presentation, especially if it demonstrated hardware & software. I'll leave the bickering to others, and skip this one.

    June 6, 2013

    • Alison C.

      Christie Dudley's talk about privacy and[masked]p in April was plenty technical, Mike, but speakers are free to stress whatever aspects of a subject they find most important.

      June 6, 2013

  • Eunice L.

    Hey Alison, never mind what I said last night. We can pay with a credit card for the "San Jose State Students Build Formula-1 Style Racecars". Sorry about the confusion.

    May 8, 2013

  • Art S

    Wednesdays generally conflict with my schedule

    May 8, 2013

  • Art S

    Wednesdays generally conflict with my schedule

    May 8, 2013

  • John

    I look forward to presentation by EFF. I recently saw a presentation by a startup that wanted to tap into car's OBD to gather info for insurance, similar to Progressive's on-board monitoring, but for general tracking, like a FICO score. "When I was a kid"...this is getting nutty.

    April 16, 2013

  • John

    Carpool from San Jose?

    April 16, 2013

  • Art S

    Weds = schedule conflicts

    April 10, 2013

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