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Your new car will dob you in to the cops if you crash, decrees EU

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Re: eCall – Do you have any concerns for your privacy? You shouldn't ...

From that PDF at the end...

The consumer is thus given with the option to choose the free public 112 Pan-European eCall, or at his/her own will engage in a contract with a private third party service provider. In the former case there are absolutely no privacy issues. In the latter case, the vehicle owner will be asked to provide a written consent in case the vehicle location will be continuously tracked in order to enable third party value added services.

Fast forward five years to 2023 to a car insurance website near you...

Typical car insurance form which includes the following...

Apply 50% discount to insurance quote...

[X] Yes, I want a 50% reduction on each monthly payment. *

[ ] No, I do not want a 50% reduction on each monthly payment.

Followed by the small print in which is buried the following:

Blah blah. 50% discount requires a car fitted with e-Call and the installation of our TPS e-Call 50% Discount Plug-in initially supplied by us to the customer on USB memory stick. Once installed plug-in can automatically update to the latest best version OTA. Uninstallation of plug-in means customer will voluntarily decides to stop receiving the 50% discount. TPS e-Call 50% Discount Plug-in complies with standard EN 16102:2011. We take your privacy seriously, we protect your data with something called a digital certificate and all data is backed up at our data centre in Utah, USA under Safe Harbour guidelines. Blah blah.

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