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    Wired: OnStar Tracks Your Car Even When You Cancel Service

    UPDATE: In a comment below this posting, an OnStar rep has linked to a YouTube video called “Clarification on OnStar’s Terms and Conditions.”

    Wired News reports on GPS location tracking of cars by OnStar and a new privacy policy:

    Navigation-and-emergency-services company OnStar is notifying its six million account holders that it will keep a complete accounting of the speed and location of OnStar-equipped vehicles, even for drivers who discontinue monthly service.

    OnStar began e-mailing customers Monday about its update to the privacy policy, which grants OnStar the right to sell that GPS-derived data in an anonymized format.

    Adam Denison, a spokesman for the General Motors subsidiary, said OnStar does not currently sell customer data, but it reserves that right. He said both the new and old privacy policies allow OnStar to chronicle a vehicle’s every movement and its speed, though it’s not clear where that’s stated in the old policy. […]

    The privacy changes take effect in December, Denison said, adding that the policy reinforces the company’s right to sell anonymized data. […]

    Jonathan Zdziarski, an Ohio forensics scientist, blogged about the new terms Tuesday. In a telephone interview, he said he was canceling his service and making sure he was being disconnected from OnStar’s network.

    One Response to “Wired: OnStar Tracks Your Car Even When You Cancel Service”

    1. Ryan for OnStar Says:

      We value our customers’ privacy and security and have never sold any personally identifiable information to any third party. To be clear and transparent regarding our business practices we have put together the video below.

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