The juicy part:
As you scroll down the list of information collected, you see that once you get past important emergency services (what we pay OnStar for), OnStar now has given themselves the right to also use this information to stuff their pockets. OnStar has granted themselves the right to collect this information “for any purpose, at any time, provided that following collection of such location and speed information identifiable to your Vehicle, it is shared only on an anonymized basis.” – This provides carte blanche authority for OnStar to now track and collect information about your current GPS position and speed any time and anywhere, instead of only in the rare, limited circumstances the old contract outlined.
Anonymized GPS data? There’s no such thing! We’ve all seen this before – anonymized searches, for example, that were not-so-quite anonymized. But in this case, it’s impossible to anonymize GPS data! If your vehicle is consistently parked at your home, driving down your driveway, or taking a left or right turn onto your street, its pretty obvious that this is where you live! It’s like trying to say that someone’s Google Map lookup from their home is “anonymized” because it doesn’t have their name on it. It still shows where they live! What’s unique even more-so to OnStar is that the data they claim they sell as part of their business model is useless unless it’s specific; that is, not diluted to the nearest 10 mile radius, etc. This combination of analytics, and their prospective customers (law enforcement, marketers, etc) requires the data be disturbingly precise. Anyone armed with Google can easily do a phone book or public records search to find the name and address that resides at any given GPS coordinate.
Read on: http://www.zdziarski.com/blog/?p=1270
- JPMorgan Chase & Co.Applications Development Manager, 2010 - present
- Resource InteractiveApplication Architect / ATG E-Commerce, 2007 - 2010
- Worthington IndustriesTechnical Lead, 2006 - 2007- Technical Lead for the Custom Billing and Order-To-Cash applications for the Oracle ERP system. - Implemented custom forms and PL/SQL packages for the Oracle ERP system based on Oracle Forms 6i.
- The Home Depot SupplyWebSphere Commerce Developer (Contractor), 2005 - 2006- Worked as part of an agile team to deliver high volume, high transaction commerce web sites (hdsupplysolutions.com and hdsupplysolutions.ca) using IBM WebSphere Commerce 5.6. - Performed the analysis, design, and time estimates for the front-end development. - Developed code that would persist data obtained by an MDB to an ERP system using Spring, Castor, and Hibernate. - Integrated a custom validation framework into WebSphere Commerce utilizing Apache’s Commons Validator. - Created WCSUnit, a JUnit-based open-source framework for testing WebSphere Commerce commands (see http://wcsunit.sourceforge.net). - Helped develop and execute a plan for data migration from legacy databases to the Commerce DB2 database. - Customized IBM’s E-Spot framework to support more meaningful advertising content for The Home Depot Supply.
- Worthington IndustriesClient/Server Application Developer, 1999 - 2004- Developed J2EE web applications, which followed the MVC (model view controller) framework, used entity and session beans, and utilized XSL/XML transformations to generate the user interface in HTML. - Used Rational Rose to build UML models that contain use-case diagrams, class diagrams, and sequence diagrams. - Wrote technical requirements and design specifications for several projects. - Mentor to coworkers for XSL, Java, and PHP programming languages. - Implemented an inventory control system to work on a handheld Microsoft Windows CE device using VBCE. - Developed applications that communicate to barcode scanners, printers, and plant machinery using Visual Basic 6.
- The Ohio State UniversityBS, Computer Science and Engineering
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