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The author of this blog, David T.S. Fraser, is a Canadian privacy lawyer who practices with the firm of McInnes Cooper. He is the author of the Physicians' Privacy Manual. He has a national and international practice advising corporations and individuals on matters related to Canadian privacy laws.

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Thursday, May 06, 2004

Article: Black box shows car crash data 

Today's Globe and Mail has an article about "black boxes" in recent cars that, if I undersand them correctly, record data for the five seconds before tha airbags inflate. Much of the coverage related to them (See Google News Search) has focused on the privacy aspects of these devices. - Black box shows car crash data:

"EDR could be either an eye-glazing acronym or the difference between you and the other driver paying huge sums of money or going to jail. And it's getting lots of attention since a Montreal man was sentenced to 18 months on evidence from his car's event-data recorder.

The revelation of the existence for a decade of the automotive event-data recorder is almost as momentous in traffic-law and civil-court terms as finding DNA was in criminal law.

If your vehicle has airbags, if you have a smart adjuster or lawyer and providing you don't drive like a maniac, proving who is in the wrong can be a lot easier.

But, if you're a little paranoid, certain that there is a Big Brother and that you're the object of his attention, and you drive on the wild side, you could see the EDR as part of a conspiracy to stick it to Canadian drivers."

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