Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Valet Mode May Violate Privacy Laws
Posted on behalf of Arnold Law Firm on Sep 29, 2014 in Auto Accidents
Owners of the highly discussed and praised Chevrolet Corvette Stingray got some unpleasant news on September 29, 2014.
General Motors highly-touted sports car has a recording feature called valet mode that allows owners to record the contents of all conversations within the vehicle without the knowledge or explicit permission of the other occupants of the car.
While General Motors publicized the valet mode as a new and innovative safety feature, the feature has run afoul of privacy regulations in 11 states that prohibit electronic recordings of conversations without the explicit permission of all the persons involved in the conversation.
Valet mode also records how other drivers handle the car. The voice recorder included in valet mode was installed to ensure that owners could evaluate how valet parking attendants treated the vehicle.
General Motors is working on software upgrades in order to resolve potential legal problems before they emerge. In the meantime, consumers who live in California are being encouraged to disable the feature because recording devices are illegal in California without the explicit permission of all the parties involved.
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