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One provision in this bill would allow the IRS to take away the passports of US citizens

The U.S. Senate recently passed a new highway bill dubbed the "Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act", otherwise known as MAP21. The legislation made it through the Senate without much in the way of resistance and is expected to pass the House as well moving to the White House where Obama is likely to sign it into law.
Once the bill becomes law, all new 2015 model year vehicles will have to have complicated black boxes to record vehicle data. The black boxes are formally known as event data recorders and would be able to record information leading up to and shortly after an accident.
The CFR 49 provision of MAP21 would allow the data recorded to be retrieved by the owner of the vehicle or by courts in the event of legal proceeding. Presumably, that information can be gathered to determine if the vehicle or driver was at fault in an accident resulting in a fatality or severe injury and it would seem the data could be called into court in the event that someone attempts to fight a traffic ticket.
“Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall revise part 563 of title 49, Code of Federal Regulations, to require, beginning with model year 2015, that new passenger motor vehicles sold in the United States be equipped with an event data recorder that meets the requirements under that part,” states the bill.
CFR 49 reads in full:
(2) PRIVACY- Data recorded or transmitted by such a data recorder may not be retrieved by a person other than the owner or lessee of the motor vehicle in which the recorder is installed unless–
(A) a court authorizes retrieval of the information in furtherance of a legal proceeding;
(B) the owner or lessee consents to the retrieval of the information for any purpose, including the purpose of diagnosing, servicing, or repairing the motor vehicle;

(C) the information is retrieved pursuant to an investigation or inspection authorized under section 1131(a) or 30166 of title 49, United States Code, and the personally identifiable information of the owner, lessee, or driver of the vehicle and the vehicle identification number is not disclosed in connection with the retrieved information; or

(D) the information is retrieved for the purpose of determining the need for, or facilitating, emergency medical response in response to a motor vehicle crash.
Information can also be obtained from vehicles in the event of an investigation or inspection conducted by the Secretary of Transportation. The big push for black boxes in vehicles started when Toyota vehicles were blamed for unintended acceleration. Toyota argued it was driver error and in cases where vehicle operators died in the resulting accident, there was no way to know what happened in the absence of a device to record what was going on with the vehicle.

MAP21 is also notable because there is a provision attached that would allow the IRS to strip Americans of their passports restricting foreign travel if they owe enough tax money. That unpaid tax liability threshold is said to be $50,000. 

Sources: Infowars, The Truth About Cars

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RE: Hooray for the nanny state
By Ristogod on 4/20/2012 10:37:10 AM , Rating: 5
Adding cost is the least of my concerns. I'm more worried about a device that records your actions that is being mandated from our federal government once again.

It's the same old game. Infringing on our natural rights and privacy in the ruse of safety and security.

RE: Hooray for the nanny state
By tayb on 4/20/12, Rating: -1
RE: Hooray for the nanny state
By Reclaimer77 on 4/20/2012 11:39:27 AM , Rating: 2
Man you're one naive idiot. So trusting of your overlords in Washington...

But I would love if there were an option because I would definitely add it in.

Then do it! It's out there on the open market for you to install on your car. Why do you people need to wait for a law to tell you that you can do something?

If you want backup cameras, black boxes, tire pressure sensors etc etc, INSTALL them on your own car. Don't support laws that say EVERYONE must make cars with these features and that everyone must buy it. Just so some Senators can keep their phony baloney jobs by claiming they did something for our "safety".

RE: Hooray for the nanny state
By tayb on 4/20/12, Rating: -1
RE: Hooray for the nanny state
By Adonlude on 4/20/2012 11:54:22 AM , Rating: 5
Big Brother for your car! Maybe it would work better with a camera and a microphone installed as well so the courts can get a feel for your attitude at the time of the alleged crime.

I'm not going to go into a rant about growing governemnt control and decreased citizen's rights. Im just going to go buy more ammo.

RE: Hooray for the nanny state
By Samus on 4/20/12, Rating: -1
RE: Hooray for the nanny state
By NellyFromMA on 4/20/2012 12:55:45 PM , Rating: 2
An idiot? It's weird that when people have differing opinions, they are now idiots.

I'm completely against this being a mandate. Yes, vehicles have had remotely similar devices in them in the sense that there is decent data about the vehicle being recorded and if you so chose to buy a car that happened to have that, so be it. You chose it.

Why is it that when I have to sacrifice my ablity to make intelligent decisions about my life for myself, someone has to call me an idiot for it?

RE: Hooray for the nanny state
By amanojaku on 4/20/2012 12:56:07 PM , Rating: 2
An event data recorder is awesome in that it can show statistics for three seconds or so before an accident. Good enough to prove or disprove your claims in court. I totally support that.

But you're completely ignoring the other purpose of this device as defined in MAP21: the IRS can shut off your car. All of the benefits are outweighed by this simple fact. There is no interaction. Your car just won't work. No matter where you are. Frozen tundra. Scorching desert. Picking up the wife from Pilates. A simple glitch and you're f'd. And then, there are the darker implications...

RE: Hooray for the nanny state
By Iaiken on 4/20/2012 1:14:51 PM , Rating: 2
the IRS can shut off your car.

Did you even read the article you linked?

The ONLY thing that the law enables the IRS to do is to order seizure of your passport by border security in the event that you back-taxes in an amount of %50,000 in taxes or more. Further, this is nothing new. If you are being tried for a violent crime, the judge can issue a similar seizure request to the passport office as part of your bail terms. Even owing more than $2500 in back-child-support can result in you winding up on the same list.

Next time try reading and comprehending what you read first; then spout off at the mouth (or fingers in this case) till your hearts content.

RE: Hooray for the nanny state
By Iaiken on 4/20/2012 2:22:24 PM , Rating: 1
in the event that you back-taxes in an amount of %50,000 in taxes or more.

Dur. This should have read:

"in the event that you of back-taxes in an amount of $50,000 or more."

RE: Hooray for the nanny state
By faster on 4/21/2012 9:30:47 AM , Rating: 3
Gee Samus, you are an idiot. Anyone in favor of vitiating our constituinal rights against unwarranted search and seizure is truly an idiot.

By foolsgambit11 on 4/21/2012 6:58:52 PM , Rating: 1
The search/seizure only takes place when the data is accessed. So you'd have to demonstrate a substantial likelihood of your privacy being violated without due process to have an argument here.

RE: Hooray for the nanny state
By drycrust3 on 4/20/2012 3:58:31 PM , Rating: 2
The data can't be retrieved without due process

As a poster below has pointed out, the insurance companies will make it so that you automatically consent to them extracting the data from your car when you have an accident when you sign the insurance contract with them.
In fact, one could see the "hypothetical" situation where, in the event of a serious crash, "their agent" (i.e. the tow truck driver) will "extract the data when convenient" (i.e. get the data out of your car at the crash scene), "convey it via a secure medium to the insurer" (i.e. upload it, unencrypted, to the insurance company database via a smart phone), where "the insurer may want to view the data" (i.e. looked at immediately by assessors), and the insurer could even decide whether they wish to "from time to time re-assess your risk level" (i.e. ring you up on your cell phone at the crash scene so you can pay the "extra risk premium" via your credit card), and this is all done while your car is being hooked up.
In addition, it may be that down the track when the black box has cell phone capabilities, the insurance company computers will assess your risk level by studying your driving style and bill you accordingly.

RE: Hooray for the nanny state
By tastyratz on 4/23/2012 9:00:59 AM , Rating: 2
Or more frighteningly they will choose to deny coverage based on the retrieved data. "we are sorry, we know you pay for accident insurance, but it appears you were going 60mph in a 55mph zone. As such we can not pay out your claim as you were currently engaged in a crime"

Every accident happens because someone was doing something they were not supposed to, or nature happened. Reason 1 is more likely and this gives insurance companies an out.

I do not like the idea of this box being retrievable or usable without a court issued search warrant in legal proceedings. I would support the data collection for both diagnostic and serious case data - but I know my government better than that. This would be lobbied to leverage and work in benefit of everyone but the owner by all other more well funded parties.

RE: Hooray for the nanny state
By NellyFromMA on 4/20/2012 12:52:37 PM , Rating: 2
No one's revolting en masse, so why wouldn't they continue the power grab...

Sad state of affairs, really.

RE: Hooray for the nanny state
By DiscoWade on 4/20/2012 1:05:18 PM , Rating: 2
"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Benjamin Franklin

RE: Hooray for the nanny state
By TSS on 4/21/2012 6:21:01 AM , Rating: 2
i do wish to partially play devils advocate here. I mean even as a small kid when i heard aircraft had these black boxes, i immediantly wondered why cars didn't, considering a big plane crash was like once a year but a pile up was in the news like once every week.

As far as i'm concirned, it's a logical conclusion that's taken longer then it should to arrive.

Also, just because the tech exist doesn't mean it is being taken advantage of. Retrieval of the information by police after court order is perfectly ok, your rights are still protected by the courts. It's no different from a warrent.

That said, it is clear what the intentions of the US government are by the other provisions that are in the bill. By user consent is flawed, as you cannot, or should not, be able to consent to signing away your rights. Of course there's some exceptions like the militairy, but this is a strictly civilian situation.

However it seems that even subtlety is thrown out the window in todays age as they go a step further and simply say "by investigation by the secretary of transportation". Might as well say "At the leisure of the gestapo".

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