OnStar recently announced its new Privacy Statement which can be read here. For most people, this is a non-event. If you don’t own an OnStar-equipped General Motors vehicle, you may not have seen anything at all about their latest changes. But it has raised the eyebrows of quite a few people, especially watchdogs in the privacy/security world.
OnStar has been collecting data about its subscriber base since “day 1″. If you have an OnStar-equipped vehicle and you pay your monthly fee, then you get emails reminding you of maintenance schedules and such. Actually this is a very nice service, especially since it will let you know that your left front tire is slightly below the recommended tire pressure. In addition to this service related data, OnStar also collects Global Positioning System (GPS) data that shows where you are in the event that you place a request for service (where’s the nearest Starbucks?), need driving directions, or if you are involved in an accident that results in the deployment of one or more airbags. All good stuff. READ MORE »