OnStar Is Tracking Your Speed And Location Even When You Cancel Your Service

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OnStar is alerting customers of a change in its privacy policy that'll let the company collect the speed and location of any OnStar-equipped vehicle, even when the owner no longer subscribes to the monthly service.

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According to spokesman Adam Denison, the company will keep this tracking active for the convenience of customers who wish to restore service. He also says the connection will remain open "unless the customer says otherwise".

Even more troubling is a little known section of the privacy policy that lets OnStar compile this GPS data and sell an anonymized version to government agencies, marketing companies and vehicle manufacturers. [OnStar via Wired]

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Chris Marts

I'm left wondering... If OnStar is constantly collecting your data, does that make them compelled to act in an emergency? Obviously they're going to see your SUV go from 60 to 0 in about a second. Normally they'd buzz in and tell you that you'll be okay and call 911. So if you don't subscribe, are they going to let you die?