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Drones, Phones and RFID; PRIVACY Unites Left and Right in Oklahoma

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Kaye Beach

Jan. 10, 2013

Despite the uncomfortable level of political division among Americans, there are still issues that bring us together.

This legislative session the left and right are pulling together for privacy.  I couldn’t be more excited about this development becuase when the battle between our right to privacy and big corporation’s desire to make money intersect, our numbers are everything.

On Sat. Feb. 23rd at the Oklahoma State Capitol, we will have an opportunity to assemble and to demonstrate those numbers and make it very clear to our elected representatives that Oklahomans expect their privacy rights to be respected!


Amie Stepanovich, EPIC, the Electronic Privacy Information Center, on drones and privacy

Ryan Kiesel, Director, OK ACLU

Amanda Teegarden, Exec. Director od OK-SAFE  – Oklahomans for Sovereignty and Free Enterprise will be our Master of Ceremonies

IDP13 OKC flyer

Here is a copy of this flyer for you to download and share!

International Day For Privacy Oklahoma City

If you would like to connect with others online who are excited about and are attending this event, check out Oklahomans For Fourth Amendment Rights at State Capitol on Facebook.

KFOR reports Feb. 5th, 2013:

Unlikely groups join forces to support privacy bills

The Oklahoma Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union along with Rep. Paul Wesselhoft held a joint press conference at the State Capitol Tuesday to explain the three bills aimed at protecting the privacy rights of Oklahomans.

House Bill 1559: The first bill would prohibit the Department of Public Safety from installing RFID radio frequency identification in a driver’s license.

House Bill 1557: Another bill would require law enforcement, absent an emergency, to first obtain a warrant before they access the geo-location data stored by a cell phone.

House Bill 1556: Finally, the third bill would limit the ability of law enforcement to use drones for surveillance without a warrant. 

Read more from KFOR


NMA National Alert: Black Box Data at Stake—Act Now to Protect Your Privacy Right

Kaye Beach

May 7, 2012

An alert from the National Motorists Association;

Dear NMA Member,

Your privacy rights are under attack.

If Washington has its way, all new cars will be equipped with an Event Data Recorder (EDR) that keeps a record of your driving behavior in case of an accident. (Senate Bill 1813).

Since EDRs (or black boxes) have become so widespread, the real issue is who owns the data they collect. As the vehicle owner, you should. But unless you send a signal to Washington, that outcome may be in jeopardy. That’s why we need to gather at least 25,000 signatures on this petition by May 22.

You should also be able to do whatever you want to with your black box data. That includes sharing it with others or deleting it altogether. But it’s not that simple. Only 13 states have laws governing the use of your driving data. That means the police, the courts and the insurance companies can get it if they want to.

Controlling access to your driving data is crucial to protecting yourself from the black box privacy threat. That’s our view as well as the view of Thomas M. Kowalick. He leads the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) global standards development for Motor Vehicle Event Data Recorders (MVEDRs) pertaining to EDR consumer protection of the federal regulation (U.S. CFR Title 49 Part  563).

He’s concerned about the privacy challenges black boxes pose for drivers, and he’s in a unique position to do something about it.

Kowalick’s solution is to require the use of a lockable cover to block access to a vehicle’s EDR data port, preventing unauthorized access and making the vehicle owner the gatekeeper of the data. Kowalick is spearheading a high-profile petition effort to urge policymakers to adopt this requirement.

“I’m still concerned that what we have to fear about EDRs is not their capabilities but how these devices could be used in the future,” he said in a recent article. Kowalick’s strong, pro-privacy stance is welcome news to motorists. Without controls, black boxes have the potential to increase surveillance of motorists, enhance automated law enforcement and enable real-time collection of user fees/taxes.

All NMA members need to go to The White House website now and sign this petition. Then pass the link on to friends. If every member gets four friends to sign, the petition goal will be met. The transportation bill has passed the Senate and is in the House right now. The clock is ticking so you need to act at once.

Left unchecked, abuse of black box data is inevitable. Maintaining control of your driving data is critical in combating further infringement on motorists’ privacy rights. Sign the petition and tell policymakers in the White House, Congress and NHTSA that you take your privacy rights seriously.

Gary Biller, President
National Motorists Association