Friday, February 5 2016

"Black Box" Bill Heard in Committee

In 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 838/SB 697) received hearings in both the Senate and Assembly.

I have included my testimony given at both hearings below.

February 2, 2016
Assembly Committee on Consumer Protection
Public Hearing

AB 838

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 data.

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:

1.      A court order;

2.      A mutual agreement between the owner and an insurance company for a usage-based policy;

3.      A diagnostic test performed by a mechanic to diagnose a problem;

4.      Law enforcement release of information to an insurance company during a claims investigation or for anti-fraud activities; and

5.      For 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 transmission.

Click here to view my press release on the bill's release.

Click here to read the bill text.

School 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 the idea, click here to read the Fox 6 story.


Voter ID

This past week, the Government Accountability Board (GAB) issued a reminder about the upcoming spring elections and the state's new Voter ID law. Click here to 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.

Below are 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.

The following 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 identification card

  • 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 election.)

If you do not have one of the above forms of identification, click here to find out how to obtain a FREE state ID.

DOT Public Involvement Meeting

Attention 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

(Campbellsport) 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.

The proposed 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 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).


Questions? Concerns?

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