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OnStar Family Link  (Source: OnStar)
FamilyLink sounds like a way for employers and parents to keep an eye on where kids and workers are at all times.

OnStar has rolled out a new beta service for people that have OnStar equipped vehicles. The service is called OnStar Family Link. The service takes advantage of the GPS features that OnStar equipped vehicles feature onboard and allows you to keep up with where your loved ones are when you want to.

For now, the service is a pilot program only and you have to be invited to join. Family Link allows the user to log into the Family Link website and view a map that shows the vehicles exact location at any time of the day or night. The subscriber to the service can also register for emails or text messages to be sent to let them know where the vehicle is. The emails can be set up for delivery at whatever time the user wants.

“Our subscribers have asked us for a solution to help them stay connected to their family when they’re on the road,” said OnStar President Linda Marshall. “What parent hasn’t asked their teenaged driver to call or send a text when they arrive somewhere, only to not hear from them? Family Link’s Vehicle Locate feature lets a parent check on their child’s progress or help determine when he/she might be home safe and sound."

Access to the Family Link site is limited to those with the username and password to access the vehicle data. In the future, the service will also be updated to include speed alerts to let the person know when the vehicle exceeds a specific speed. The service will also be able to send a message to the user of Family Link if the vehicle leaves a specified area. 

There is no word at this time when the service might be rolled out to all OnStar vehicle owners. The service will be a paid upgrade when it does launch for all OnStar equipped vehicle owners. 



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RE: Big Brother
By wookie1 on 8/3/2011 2:20:37 PM , Rating: 2
I dunno, they weren't all that functional when one party had control either. I prefer that legislation be difficult to enact. Anyway, you don't have to give much credit to the gov't to see that this is an easy way to breach our privacy again. I didn't like the warrantless wiretapping when it was revealed during the last administration (wrote to all of my senators/representative in protest), and I don't like that the current administration has expanded the program even more.

You only get to keep the freedoms and liberties that you can and do defend. Once lost, they're very difficult to get back.


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