The conservative Republican condemns the Obama Administration's decision to bypass the U.S. Congress and administratively implement its automobile "black box" mandate. "The Department of Transportation has announced a proposed rule to require Event Data Recorders (EDRs) in 100% of all light vehicles sold in the United States. EDRs are more commonly known as 'black boxes,' such as those carried by aircraft. Last year a similar proposal was killed by the House of Representatives when it was included in a Senate-passed bill to fund the nation's transportation needs."
More: "'Not only will this new requirement give new resources and data to the DOT to support more economically-damaging regulations in the future; this mandate itself represents an unprecedented breach of privacy for Americans. Operating more like a surveillance camera than a tool for accident investigation, this DOT rule-making is the embodiment of Orwellian monitoring,' Cooper explained. 'Contrary to what is now being claimed, EDRs can and will track the comings and goings of car owners and even their passengers,' Cooper said. 'EDRs not only provide details necessary for accident investigation, they also track travel records, passenger usage, cell phone use and other private data. Who you visit, what you weigh, how often you call your mother and more is captured by these devices. Mandating that they be installed and accessible by the DOT is a terrible idea.'"