Forbes’ columnist Kashmir Hill reports on the takeaways from the recent confusion between Tesla Motors and The New York Times regarding a reporter’s negative review of an electronic car. This incident reveals that “cars can know a lot about us,” Hill observes. Collected data included temperature settings, speed and location. Security expert Bruce Schneier notes the back-and-forth “gives you an idea of the sort of things that will be collected once automobile black boxes become the norm,” and “even intense electronic surveillance of the actions of a person in an enclosed space did not succeed in providing an unambiguous record of what happened.” According to Hill’s report, Tesla customers are informed of the data collection, must give consent prior to being monitored and data is shared with third parties only in certain situations, such as research or legal defense.
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