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Senator Hoeven Co-Sponsors Driver Privacy Bill

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Senator John Hoeven (R-ND) is co-sponsoring a bill dealing with privacy for drivers. Hoeven unveiled the plan on Tuesday alongside his co-sponsor, Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN).

The senators say the Driver Privacy Act would keep information from landing in the wrong hands. Cars with an Event Data Recorder (EDR) log driving statistics while the car is running. The senators want to make it clear that a vehicle's owner also owns the EDR and its information.

"In an increasingly data driven world, we need to be sure that whatever government does it respects the privacy of every individual," Hoeven said in a statement. "EDRs can serve a useful function by helping to make cars and streets safer, but access to the data should be treated as personal except under very specific circumstances. Our bill makes clear what those circumstances are."

Fourteen U.S. states have privacy laws in place, including North Dakota, which passed the law in 2005. South Dakota and Montana don't have such privacy laws on the books.

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