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NMA E-Newsletter #299: When it Comes to Privacy, You Get What’s Coming to You

Posted on October 5th, 2014 in , , , , , , , , | Comments Off
The phrase “reasonable expectation of privacy” pops up a lot when discussing issues related to motorists and privacy. But what does it mean, and how does it apply to the daily business of driving? A reasonable expectation of privacy exists if ...

NMA E-Newsletter #297: V2V—Technology Marches Forward

Posted on September 21st, 2014 in , , , , , , | Comments Off
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has a vision for vehicle-to-vehicle communications and the role the technology will play in highway safety. In addition to issuing a lengthy report on the topic last month (DOT HS 812 014, Vehicle-to-Vehicle ...

NMA E-Newsletter #279: Spy vs. Spy

Posted on May 18th, 2014 in , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off
A couple weeks ago we wrote about what happens when the cameras and microphones are turned on those (law enforcement officers) who normally do the watching. Turns out they don’t like it much. You know who also doesn’t like it? The ...

NMA E-Newsletter #276: When the Watchers become the Watched

Posted on April 28th, 2014 in , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off
Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? (From the Latin: Who’s watching the watchmen?) Think about the web of surveillance that surrounds our daily lives: Google tracks our online behavior. The cable company knows what we watch on TV. Our smart phones track our ...

NMA E-Newsletter #270: Dash Cams—A Double-Edged Sword

Posted on March 16th, 2014 in , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off
We talk a lot here about how evolving technology can work for you or against you. A perfect example is the use of cell phones to record police activity during traffic stops. Even though you may be within your rights to ...

NMA E-Newsletter #264: Why VMT Taxing Schemes are Unnecessary and Intrusive

Posted on February 3rd, 2014 in , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off
The Maryland General Assembly will consider a proposal this week to prohibit the state or local jurisdiction from imposing a vehicle miles traveled (VMT) tax on private vehicle owners. The measure would also prohibit the installation of GPS devices in ...

NMA E-Newsletter #185: Are You a Digital Bigfoot?

Posted on July 29th, 2012 in , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »
There’s no escaping it. You leave a digital footprint everywhere you go. And it tells a lot about you: where you’ve been, what you’ve been doing—even your state of mind.We’ve discussed some of these digital trackers already. Cell phone records ...

NMA E-Newsletter #175: A Quick Tour of Intelligent Transportation Systems

Posted on May 20th, 2012 in , , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »
By John Bowman, NMA Communications DirectorAn interesting magazine came across my desk the other day. It’s called Thinking Highways, and it covers the fascinating field of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS). On its surface, ITS is essentially the endeavor to increase ...

NMA E-Newsletter #171: Black Box Data—A Cautionary Tale

Posted on April 15th, 2012 in , , , , , , | No Comments »
Imagine being in a two-car accident that not only totaled your vehicle, but also made you uninsurable at any sort of reasonable cost because the blame for the collision was placed squarely on your sore shoulders. Nothing too unusual about that, ...

NMA Connecticut Alert: Bill Would Pave the Way to Non-Stop Surveillance

Posted on March 21st, 2012 in , , , | No Comments »
We wanted to alert you to an alarming proposal working its way through the Connecticut General Assembly.   At the behest of the Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) industry, Connecticut legislators are considering Senate Bill 288, which would authorize a feasibility ...

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