Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) wants to change the language of the Driver Privacy Act bill to protect all information recorded by event data recorders installed on all “motor vehicles,” including motorcycles. The way S. 1925 is currently written grants privacy only for data the government “requires” to be collected.
Currently the government does not require “black boxes” on motorcycles, only passenger vehicles, trucks and buses. But some current motorcycle models are equipped with the recording devices. A similar bill in the House is worded that “any data recorded on any event data recorder in an automobile or motorcycle shall be considered the property of the owner of the automobile or motorcycle.”
Under current law, Insurance companies, law enforcement and auto rental agencies can access the data on the device and can use it as evidence against the driver/owner in legal proceedings. Data recorders collect a wide range of information on crashes, including whether the brakes were applied, the speed at the time of impact, the steering angle, and whether seat belt circuits were shown as “Buckled” or “Unbuckled” at the time of the crash.
Fourteen states have statutes that restrict access to the event data recorder or limit the use of recovered EDR information.