California First State to Protect Driver’s Privacy
AB 213 was signed by California Gov. Gray Davis on September 22.
This bill would require a manufacturer of a new motor vehicle sold or leased in this state that is equipped with one or more recording devices, commonly referred to as “event data recorders (EDR)” or “sensing and diagnostic modules (SDM),” to disclose that fact in the owner’s manual for the vehicle. The bill would prohibit specified data that is recorded on a recording device from being downloaded or otherwise retrieved by a person other than the registered owner of the motor vehicle, except under specified circumstances. The bill would also require a subscription service agreement to disclose that specified information may be recorded or transmitted as part of the subscription service.