Box" Bill Heard in Committee
last week's E-update, I explained the consumer data privacy ("black
box") bill that Senator Stroebel, Rep. Quinn and I circulated for
co-sponsorship. This week, the bill (AB
697) received hearings in both the Senate and Assembly.
I have included my testimony given at both
February 2, 2016
Assembly Committee on Consumer Protection
Technology is evolving so rapidly that it is often difficult to remain
proactive and stay abreast of potential privacy concerns; highlighted by
the advent of now common-place technologies including smart phones,
Google Earth and drones. This bill addresses privacy concerns
relating to motor vehicle event data recorders (EDRs) and other vehicle
Event data recorders, commonly known as “black boxes,” use sensors to
record technical information about a vehicle’s operation in relation to
an event, such as an accident. While not yet mandated by the federal
government, over 96 percent of all new cars on the road today contain a
black box. In 2006, the National Highway Transportation Safety
Administration (NHTSA) created an EDR rule standardizing the data that
EDRs (in vehicle model years 2013 and newer) must collect. It should be
noted that the NHTSA rule does not prohibit an auto manufacturer from
collecting other data in addition to the required data points, or
collecting for longer periods of time. A list of the required data
points is provided with this testimony.
In addition to EDR data, your vehicle also records other information
concerning vehicle operation and driving habits via onboard diagnostic,
"infotainment" and navigation systems. Automatic Crash Notification (ACN)
systems use information collected by the EDR, GPS and airbag sensors to
alert first responders and police after an accident.
Although the federal Drivers Privacy Protection Act (DPPA) places limits
on access to a vehicle owner’s personal information, it does not apply
to EDR data.
This bill would codify ownership of vehicle data, and would simply
require the owner or lessee’s written consent before data can be
accessed or transmitted, except for the following situations:
mutual agreement between the owner and an insurance company for a
diagnostic test performed by a mechanic to diagnose a problem;
enforcement release of information to an insurance company during a
claims investigation or for anti-fraud activities; and
a contracted subscription service, such as OnStar.
This bill would also prohibit an insurance company from basing policy
denial or cancellation substantially on whether access to an EDR is
granted. In addition, Wisconsin’s DOT would be required to add EDR
information to the Wisconsin Buyer’s Guide window sticker, filled out by
used car dealers indicating the presence of an EDR in a vehicle.
If signed into law, Wisconsin will join 17 other states having enacted
similar privacy legislation. As EDRs develop in complexity and
interactivity, this legislation will ensure that Wisconsin’s motorists
are sufficiently protected from unauthorized data access and
Click here to view my press release on the bill's release.
Click here to read the bill text.
Flexibility Press Conference
On Monday, area district superintendents and I
held a press conference to introduce an idea that is currently being drafted
into legislation - beginning a pilot program for schools to allow more
flexibility when meeting the state's hours of pupil instruction requirement.
To learn more about this proposal, click the
picture below to view a video of the press conference. To read more about
click here to read the Fox 6 story.
This past week, the Government Accountability
Board (GAB) issued a reminder about the
elections and the state's new Voter ID law. Click
read the GAB press release.
For more information on the new law and
acceptable forms of ID, you can call 1 (866) VOTE-WIS, or visit the GAB's
new website, Bring it to the
Ballot, to learn more.
some acceptable forms of ID (must be unexpired):
A certificate of naturalization
that was issued not earlier than two years before the date
of an election at which it is presented
A driving receipt issued by
Wisconsin DOT (valid for 45 days)
An identification card receipt
issued by Wisconsin DOT (valid for 45 days)
A photo identification card
issued by a Wisconsin accredited university, college or
technical college that contains date of issuance, signature
of student, and an expiration date no later than two years
after date of issuance. Also, the university,
college or technical college ID must be accompanied by a
separate document that proves enrollment.
A citation or notice of intent
to revoke or suspend a Wisconsin DOT-issued driver license
that is dated within 60 days of the date of the election.
forms of ID can be either current or expired:
A Wisconsin DOT-issued driver
license, even if driving privileges are revoked or suspended
A Wisconsin DOT-issued
A Wisconsin DOT-issued
identification card or driver license without a photo issued
under the religious exemption
Military ID card issued by a
U.S. uniformed service
A U.S. passport
An identification card issued
by a federally recognized Indian tribe in Wisconsin (May be
used even if expired before the most recent general
you do not have one of the above forms of identification,
here to find out how to obtain a FREE state ID.
Public Involvement Meeting
Campbellsport residents - the below press
release contains information on the public involvement meeting concerning
the proposed reconstruction of ~2 miles of WIS 67. Be sure to attend and
make your voice heard if you are impacted by this proposed reconstruction.
Public meeting scheduled for WIS 67 in Campbellsport
Project would reconstruct 2.3 miles of WIS 67 in 2020
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) Northeast Region in
Green Bay is announcing a public involvement meeting to discuss the proposed
reconstruction of 2.3 miles of WIS 67 in the village of Campbellsport from
North Baumann Street to Triple S Road. The meeting will be held from 5:30
to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at Campbellsport High School,
114 W. Sheboygan St, Campbellsport, Wis. A brief presentation will take
place at 5:40 p.m., followed by an open house where the project team can
answer questions on an individual basis.
project would reconstruct WIS 67 from North Baumann Street to the Milwaukee
River Bridge as a two-lane urban roadway with new pavement, curb and gutter,
sidewalk, storm sewer, sanitary sewer, water main, and intersection
improvements. From the Milwaukee River Bridge to Triple S Road, WIS 67 would
be constructed as a two-lane rural roadway with new pavement, storm sewer,
grading operations and intersection improvements.
The public is
encouraged to attend the meeting, provide input and ask questions concerning
this project. Maps and displays showing the improvement alternatives will
be on display. WisDOT representatives will be available to discuss the
project on an individual basis.
Persons who are
unable to attend the meeting can make their comments by contacting the
WisDOT Project Manager, Bryan Learst, 944 Vanderperren Way, Green Bay, WI
54304 by calling (920) 366-5936 or by email at
email@example.com. Citizens who
are hearing-impaired and require an interpreter may request one by
contacting Mr. Learst at least three working days prior to the meeting via
the Wisconsin Telecommunications Relay system (dialing 711).
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.