Many people do not know it, but newer vehicles contain a sort of "black box" that records data such as speed, direction, steering performance and when brakes or seat belts are used. Legislators took a first step Wednesday to allow car owners to keep that data private.
The House Transportation Committee unanimously approved HB127 and sent it to the full House. It would clarify that the data on such recorders belongs to the owners of the vehicle, and would enjoy the same protections as any other private property.
"It is to extend Fourth Amendment protections against search and seizure to the data in your vehicle data recorder," said Rep. David Lifferth, R-Eagle Mountain, sponsor of the bill.