Concerns have been raised in recent weeks regarding the European Commission’s plans for all new cars to be installed with event data recorders in order to enable the eCall system.We have produced a briefing (PDF) to explain the background of the policy, the concerns that have been raised and the other potential uses for event data recorders once they have been installed. The key points raised in our briefing are:
- There is an important distinction to be made between eCall and the Event Data Recorders (EDRs). Whilst the eCall system may not record the location of the car constantly, the EDR does have that capability.
- There are concerns that the EDRs ability to gather extensive data can and will be misused as:
- the data could be accessed by hackers to track individuals’ location.
- insurance companies can use this to promote personalised insurance quotes by recording how individuals drive.
- police forces have already been using eCall systems to track suspicious motorists.
- The installation of the EDR will be mandatory, a move that goes against British principles of liberty and freedom of choice.
- The eCall system is not cost efficient nor will it have a significant impact on safety in the UK.