OnStar Owners & Users Beware

by Chuck on September 22, 2011 · 1 comment

I was watching the news this afternoon, where it was revealed that OnStar Corporation continues to gather data from any vehicle in which it has been installed, even though the vehicle’s owner has discontinued their subscription to the service.

OnStar provides subscription-based communications, in-vehicle security, hands free calling, turn-by-turn navigation, and remote diagnostics systems throughout the United States, Canada and China.  A similar service is known as ChevyStar in Latin American markets.  The service currently has more than five million customers.  OnStar Corporation is a subsidiary of General Motors, which is owned 27% by the U.S. government and 12% by the Canadian government.

Apparently, even though your subscription may expire, or you discontinue the service, you must Opt-Out of any data collection as a separate action.  As OnStar is partially owned by two governments (see above), this looks like a Big Brother scenario waiting to happen.

My advice?  If you value your privacy, don’t just Opt-Out of OnStar’s data collection if/when you discontinue service.  Take your car to the nearest dealer, and have the OnStar system completely disconnected from any power source and its antenna.

Just my 2¢.

, government intervention

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