Bill would allow vehicle owners retain black box data

| 4/22/2005

Big Brother might have his eye on passenger vehicles’ driving information, but a bill approved by North Dakota’s Legislature seeks to make it harder for him to use it against the drivers.

The bill, SB2200, gives owners control over any data collected by their vehicle’s data recorders, often referred to as black boxes or electronic on-board recorders. This information would include the vehicle’s speed, direction of travel, location, steering performance, braking performance, seat-belt status and accident information.

Proponents of the bill, which is now in the hands of Gov. John Hoeven, say the bill protects car owners’ personal information in cases where insurance companies take possession of a vehicle after an accident, according to the Grand Forks Herald.

“You get to clean out the black box just like you get to clean out your glove box,” Sen. Ray Holmberg, R-Grand Forks, the bill’s author, told the Herald.