Data Privacy Bill Circulated
Did you know that your car could be spying on
you? Depending on the make, model and year of your vehicle, data points such
as where you go, how fast you drive and if you wear your seat could be
collected and stored, even transmitted to your vehicle's manufacturer.
Vehicles collect information in a number of ways; event data recorders, also
known as "black boxes,"
diagnostics, subscription services such as OnStar and dashboard
"infotainment" centers are all recording bits of information about your
preferences, driving habits and sometimes your whereabouts.
On Wednesday of this week,
Representative Romaine Quinn,
Stroebel and I circulated a bill to protect Wisconsinites from potential
data privacy breaches caused by unauthorized access to any of these devices.
In short, the bill would require most vehicle data access to be granted by
the written consent of the vehicle's owner. The bill would also
prohibit insurance companies from conditioning policy renewal or
cancellation on whether or not EDR data access is granted.
In order for consumers to be sufficiently
informed prior to purchasing a used vehicle, the bill requires WI DOT to add
an EDR section to the
Wisconsin Buyer's Guide window
sticker. This sticker, pictured above, is found on all used cars for
sale in dealer lots. Motor vehicle dealers would need to indicate on the
sticker whether the vehicle for sale is equipped with a black box.
Click here to view my press release on the bill's release.
Click here to read the bill text.
Agriculture Day in the Capitol
Wednesday was "Ag Day" at the Capitol. Folks
from Farm Bureau Districts 1 and 6 met in the Capitol's North Hearing Room
to discuss issues affecting them - high capacity wells, implements of
husbandry, manure drag line legislation and raw milk sales in Wisconsin.
It was a privilege to meet and discuss these
important issues. Thanks for visiting!
please continue to contact me with any questions or concerns. I received
many constituent contacts last year- nearly 1,500 emails, phone calls and
letters! Thank you for all your input, thoughts and encouragement. It is an
honor to serve you.