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Abstract

Event Data Recorders are receiving more attention as owners of automobiles have begun to realize that their driving histories are recorded. Event Data Recorders are the “black boxes” in automobiles that are installed in the vast majority of vehicles currently on the road. In the majority of states, the restrictions on what information can be retrieved from Event Data Recorders and used by police officers, advertising firms, and insurance companies remains a gray area. State laws governing Event Data Recorder technology greatly fluctuates by jurisdiction. If Event Data Recorder information falls into the wrong hands, the possession of the data raises serious privacy concerns. This note argues that as the use of Event Data Recorders becomes more widespread, enactment of uniform federal laws are needed to standardize the data that can be recorded by these devices and to restrict the use and dissemination of the retrieved information.

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