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If you are concerned that your insurer will selectively use data from an event data recorder (commonly known as a black box) to increase your motorcycle insurance rates, or that recorded data may be used to target you in a civil or criminal proceeding, then you—the motorcyclist—should urge your U.S. Representative to support H.R. 2414, the “Black Box Privacy Protection Act.”

U.S. Reps. Mike Capuano (D-Mass.) and Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) introduced this legislation, among other items, to protect motorcyclists’ rights. The American Motorcyclist Association protects motorcyclists’ freedom to ride and we support this bipartisan bill.

The bill would require manufacturers to prominently disclose to consumers if a black box is installed on their motorcycle, the data collection capabilities of such a device, and how such data may be used. The bill clarifies that the owner of the motorcycle owns the data and it may not be accessed without the permission of the owner. Furthermore, this bill requires that manufacturers provide consumers with the option of controlling the recording function in automobiles or motorcycles manufactured in the future that are equipped with black boxes.

In other words, consumers would have the ability to turn the black box on or off.

Currently, no federal law exists that clarifies the rights of vehicle owners to ownership of the recorded data.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking requiring black boxes be installed in all cars manufactured after Sept. 1, 2014. The NHTSA already has disclosure requirements, but the Black Box Privacy Protection Act would make the disclosure more prominent and give consumers even greater choice and privacy protections.

Does your government need to know your riding habits? If your answer is no, then you can do something about it.

Help us get additional cosponsors for H.R. 2414. The bipartisan bill will protect motorcyclists’ rights and clarifies that the owner of the motorcycle owns the data.

Most importantly—It will also give you the ability to turn off the black box!

Act now by using our alert for H.R. 2414 to send a prewritten message to send to your representative.

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