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Comment Re:Good! (Score 0) 606

It didn't have a huge wave of immigration. That you would claim it would shows you are not particularly strict with where you get your information, and or how well you check it.

All of your answers have been answered. That you are here complaining about not knowing the answers speaks more to your intellectual laziness than it does the subject at hand.

It turns out the "millennials" are being screwed, by the 2008 crash and its fall-out, by the massively-decreasing middle class, and by austerity measures, to name but a few. This is not esoteric knowledge.

Comment Re:Who controls the data and access? (Score 1) 56

In the EU the subject of the data is in full control. Each entity which collects data must inform the user of what is being collected and precisely why. Collecting something else or using it in a different way can result in prosecution (max. â300,000 Euro fine, will be increased in the updated regulations to 5% global turnover or â20,000,000, whichever is higher). Any third-party using this data (which would have been agreed to by the data subject themselves) also has to abide by these rules. Every data handler is subjected to spot inspections by the authority overseeing compliance. If you don't want it going to your insurance company, don't agree to it, and it becomes illegal for the information in your black box to end up at your insurance company.

The EU also provides (in the new regulations) the right to transfer your data from one device to another, and to receive a full copy at any time (for free). That means you can get a copy of the data and check its accuracy by yourself should you want.

You are also free to opt out of the data collection entirely at any time you wish.

Lots of shit gets talked about the EU, but their data protection laws are pretty fucking awesome for end users. For companies using the data, not so much (I work at one such company), but for a private citizen, they are wonderful.

Comment Re:Autonomous cars? (Score 1) 56

Under EU laws any data in a black box would be protected by every entity handling it, with complaints of abuse or misuse backed up by some pretty tough laws (which are soon to get even tougher, benefiting the consumer). Data can't just be sent anywhere under EU law - there has to be a reason for having it, a reason for sending it to anyone, a reason for processing it, etc. If any one of those steps has an issue, the data subject can cause merry hell.

Comment Re:You don't get to opt-in. Nor opt-out. (Score 1) 56

Under EU regulations, we have rights to our personal data. The eCall system admittedly stores data which could possibly be used to identify a person, and therefore access to the data must be provided to the user. EU data protection laws are incredibly strong, especially with the next revision. If the eCall provider won't give you your data, you can lodge a complaint (which has teeth).

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