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E.U. to put a 'spy' in every car - ANOTHER reason for voting UKIP this month - AND in the General Election

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E.U. to put a 'spy' in every car - ANOTHER reason for voting UKIP this month - AND in the General Election

Post by Tony Bennett on 12.05.14 9:17

EU to bug every car in UK with tracker chips – and Ministers admit they are powerless to stop the Big Brother technology

Under EU plans, every new car sold in UK will have a 'black box' device

* Gadget contains a phone-like SIM card which tracks drivers' movements
* Designed to help emergency services find vehicles in the event of crash
* Government believes the device will add at least £100 to the cost of cars
* Officials also fear it could be used by police to monitor motorists' moves
* But ministers admit they are powerless to stop Big Brother technology
* All new car models will have to include 'eCall' device from October 2015

Every new car sold in Britain will have to have a ‘black box’ device fitted to track drivers’ movements from next year, under plans being imposed by the European Union.

Despite serious concerns about privacy and cost, UK ministers admit they are powerless to stop the Big Brother technology being forced on motorists and car makers.

The Government believes the gadget, designed to help emergency services find crashed vehicles, will add at least £100 to the cost of vehicles without providing significant safety improvements.

Officials also fear the scheme, known as eCall, could be used by police or insurance companies to monitor motorists’ every move.

The European Commission has ruled that by October next year, all new cars and vans sold across Europe must be fitted with the technology, which contains a mobile phone-like SIM card designed to transmit the vehicle’s location to emergency services in the event of a crash.

But The Mail on Sunday has seen official correspondence from the Department of Transport showing the UK’s opposition to the policy, which could lead to the ‘constant tracking’ of vehicles.

In a letter to MPs, Transport Minister Robert Goodwill writes: ‘The basis for our opposition is that costs to the UK outweigh the benefits.

‘Unfortunately, there is very little support for the UK position and no possibility of blocking this legislation. We are working with other member states to minimise the potential burdens on manufacturers and the potential cost to consumers.

‘With regard to the rules on privacy and data protection, other member states have expressed similar concerns to us, about the potential for constant tracking of vehicles via the eCall system.’

Emma Carr, of civil liberties group Big Brother Watch, said last night: ‘Motorists will not be comfortable forcibly having a black box installed which is capable of recording and transmitting their exact location when they are driving.’

Some car manufacturers, including BMW and Volvo, already include eCall devices in their latest models.

An SOS button near the dashboard, linked to a SIM card, allows drivers to call 999 quickly. And if airbags are deployed it automatically sends a text message to emergency services with the car’s location – as well as its unique vehicle ID number.

Voluntary take-up has been low across the industry so the EU ruled all new car models must include eCall from October 1, 2015. Motorists will be unable to switch it off and it will be tested in MoT checks.

The EU Parliament voted it through last month and a draft of the law is due to be published next week before it is agreed by the EU Commission.

Britain is trying to push back the deadline by two years.

The UK also hopes the new text will include assurances on the privacy risks of eCall, which were highlighted in a European Parliament legal report earlier this year.

The study said manufacturers will want to include ‘value added services’ for the SOS devices, such as sharing the data with insurers and recovery firms.

A separate study by the EU Data Protection Supervisor warns of the ‘potential intrusiveness’ of eCall given that it operates on the same basis as mobile phones and ‘potentially enables the constant collection of the vehicle’s geolocation’. It urges ‘stricter safeguards’ against ‘unlawful’ use of personal data.

Brussels insists eCall will save 2,500 lives a year by speeding up emergency services response times.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...echnology.html

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Post by russiandoll on 12.05.14 9:22

Thanks, but no thanks Tony !

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Post by tiny on 12.05.14 9:32

Ukip for me.its a case of better the devil you don't know.
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Post by Julchen on 12.05.14 9:44

I heard the story on the radio.
To be honest I would take the story with a pinch of salt.
I have come to the conclusion that politicians over here tend to use "EU regulations" etc. as an excuse to happily put in place their own ideas and systems of total and 100% monitoring of the population.

Speaking as a German and knowing the German paranoia concerning privacy, data protection and state monitoring, I feel comfortable to say: this may happen over here but will never ever happen in Germany.

The way this EU is going is not what Adenauer and de Gaulle had in mind. They would probably be the first to insist on renegotiations of every tiny detail of all the treaties so far. Or leave and start a new project.

Having said that: don't trust UKIP. Farage is not UKIP. Farage is simply a sensationally good stage act (as is Boris Johnson!!).
In their leaflet they claim that 4000 immigrants from the EU enter Britain each week (or was it per day??) referring to statistics released by the government on February 27th.
I looked up the document they are referring to and found that the number of 4000 is correct BUT: not from the EU, rather from all over the world.

I'm convinced other examples of telling the truth "with a slight twist" can be found in other claims they're making.


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Post by plebgate on 12.05.14 9:51

Wont be voting UKIP (or the Peoples Army as NF now calls it).

He knows what the voters want to hear and he delivers.    I shall be looking for an Independent candidate to vote for.

Having said that I do hope he gets a fair few votes in the forthcoming elections as it might make the other leaders  LISTEN TO THE PEOPLE for a change.

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Post by Guest on 12.05.14 10:46

This is a fait accompli anyway. Young drivers are often now compelled to have a much more explicit tracking device fitted to their vehicles just in order to be able to be insured. I suppose that's the kind of thing that can happen when the state legally obliges you to purchase a product that is only available privately - how do you then escape the clutches of a cartel?
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Post by aquila on 12.05.14 10:59

Clay Regazzoni wrote:This is a fait accompli anyway. Young drivers are often now compelled to have a much more explicit tracking device fitted to their vehicles just in order to be able to be insured. I suppose that's the kind of thing that can happen when the state legally obliges you to purchase a product that is only available privately - how do you then escape the clutches of a cartel?  

Highway robbery (pun intended) - even Dick Turpin wore a mask.

I'm only going to vote for Farage if he promises to bring back bendy bananas and bendy cucumbers.  big grin 

I was going to vote UKIP until I saw the Farage documentary. He's off my tick list now.
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