Meet the mobile version of big brother…
In a no-surprise announcement, Stellantis, the multinational automotive manufacturing corporation, has announced the formation of its latest venture, Mobilisights, to spy on you and your neighbors using some of their iconic brands including Abarth, Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Citroën, Dodge, DS Automobiles, Fiat, Jeep, Lancia, Maserati, Opel, Peugeot, Ram, and Vauxhall.
New ‘Mobilisights’ Business Unit Advances Stellantis’ Growing Data and Connected Services Offer
“The vision for Mobilisights is to contribute to a smarter world, leveraging the insights that vehicle data provide to inspire innovative applications and services that can transform and dramatically improve the day-to-day lives of users and businesses,” said Sanjiv Ghate, Mobilisights CEO. “Harnessed effectively, sensor and other data available from connected vehicles can enable a wide range of services and applications with compelling benefits, ranging from personalized usage-based insurance to road hazard detection and traffic management. With its 14 iconic brands and millions of connected vehicles, Stellantis has unmatched global data scale capable of powering this business forward.”
Fully leveraging the data from 34 million connected vehicles the Company plans to reach by the end of the decade, Mobilisights has exclusive access and rights to license vehicle and related data from all Stellantis brands to external customers. Such data density will give Mobilisights a greater level of autonomy when it comes to its reliance on other data suppliers to power applications.
[OCS: Of course, the company will grant themselves access to data collected by your vehicle through a unilateral user’s agreement where you cede all of your rights to the company while holding them harmless for any misuse, negligent or otherwise, of the collected data.]
Stellantis’ software strategy deploys next-generation tech platforms, building on existing connected vehicle capabilities to transform how customers interact with their vehicles. This strategy, detailed during Stellantis’ Software Day in December 2021, is expected to generate approximately €20 billion in incremental annual revenues by 2030. Mobilisights will be a key contributor to those revenues.
[OCS: And, of course, it will all be attributed to improving the user’s experience – the classic corporate coercion of trading convenience for privacy, security, and freedoms. And where billions in revenue are concerned, you can bet your last dollar that the user’s concerns are ignored and trumped by the company’s greed.]
[OCS: We have heard it all before. Even if some insider with “keys to the kingdom” releases confidential data, the “record fines along with neither admitting nor denying allegations” is just another cost of doing business.
“The foundation of this whole business is trust,” said Sanjiv Ghate. “Trust in our custodianship of data and trust that we are here to create a better world.” <Source>
[OCS: Remember when Google’s motto was “Don’t Be Evil?” You can no longer trust the politicized corporatized institutions, filled with former government spies and agents, that have been deputized by the regime to monitor your behavior and activities.]
What does it mean?
The company plans to collect your vehicle’s data to implement its “data-as-a-service business” by developing and licensing products, applications, and services to customers like insurance issuers, law enforcement, and advertisers. It is also possible that onboard cameras could function as remote sensors and be used as license plate readers, roving speed traps, and other intrusive applications.
Want to see integration firsthand?
GM to leverage driver data as it jumps back into the insurance business
General Motors is launching an insurance service, returning to a business that it abandoned more than a decade ago, but this time more in step with the connected-car era.
The service, called OnStar Insurance, will offer bundled auto, home and renters’ insurance, starting this year with GM employees in Arizona. GM’s new insurance agency, OnStar Insurance Services, will be the exclusive agent for OnStar Insurance. Homesite Insurance Group, an affiliate of American Family Insurance, will underwrite the program.
The services will be available to the public nationwide by the end of 2022, including people who drive vehicles outside of GM’s portfolio of Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMC branded cars, trucks and SUVs. The aim, however, is to leverage the vast amounts of data captured through its OnStar connected car service, which today has more than 16 million members in the United States.
GM’s pitch is that this data can be an asset to drivers and help them cash in on lower insurance rates based on safe driving habits.
[OCS: You can bet any insurance program will continue to soak the customer while the savings flow to the corporation’s bottom line. What they never mention are the implied penalties for acting outside their algorithm or the other uses for data they offer to law enforcement. For years, OnStar swore that their devices could not be used to listen to a passenger’s conversation – until it was exposed in a court case where the device was deliberately used as a bug to grab the occupant’s conversations.]
“Our goal is really to create greater transparency and greater control for our customers in influencing what they pay for insurance and their total cost of ownership on the vehicles,” Russell Page, GM’s head of business intelligence said in a recent interview.
[OCS: Marketing bullpucky!]
The data play is substantial. The company has logged more than 121 million GB of data usage across the Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, and GMC brands since the launch of 4G LTE in 2014.
The increase in internet-connected vehicles has in turn, produced loads of data. GM has been one of the data collection leaders, thanks to its long-established OnStar platform that launched in 1996. But GM is not the first, nor certainly the last automaker, to seek out ways to use that data to provide services such as insurance. Tesla, for instance, launched an insurance service in 2019 that promised to deliver rates 20% and even as high as 30% lower than other insurance providers. <Source>
With internet-connected cars, you are living in a fish bowl, and that enjoyable Sunday ride becomes an exercise in mind and speech control – because your words are being cataloged in some data warehouse to be used against you retroactively to demonstrate intent or a pattern of prior behavior. Just ask the NSA about their data warehousing of electronic communications.
Is this our future?
Your Data: If You Have Nothing to Hide, You Have Nothing to Fear
Our value is founded on a unique and deep understanding of risks, vulnerabilities, mitigations, and threats. Domestic Surveillance plays a vital role in our national security by using advanced data mining systems to "connect the dots" to identify suspicious patterns.
Why We Collect Your Data
In the past, domestic law enforcement agencies collected data AFTER a suspect had been identified. This often resulted in lost intelligence and missed opportunities. But what if data could be collected in advance, BEFORE the target was known? What if the mere act of collecting data could result in the identification of new targets?
What if we could build a national data warehouse containing information about every person in the United States? Thanks to secret interpretations of the PATRIOT ACT, top-secret Fourth Amendment exceptions allowed by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, and broad cooperation at the local, state, and federal level, we can!
What Data We Collect
Every day, people leave a digital trail of electronic breadcrumbs as they go about their daily routine. They go to work using electronic fare cards; drive through intersections with traffic cameras; walk down the street past security cameras; surf the internet; pay for purchases with credit/debit cards; text or call their friends; and on and on.
There is no way to predict in advance which crucial piece of data will be the key to revealing a potential plot. The standard operating procedure for the Domestic Surveillance Directorate is to "collect all available information from all available sources all the time, every time, always".
In the spirit of openness and transparency, here is a partial list of current and planned future data collection targets:
- internet searches (ie; here's a collection of searches by Federal Government workers)
- websites visited
- emails sent and received
- social media activity (Facebook, Twitter, etc)
- blogging activity including posts read, written, and commented on
- videos watched and/or uploaded online
- photos viewed and/or uploaded online
- mobile phone GPS-location data
- mobile phone apps downloaded
- phone call records
- text messages sent and received
- Skype video calls
- online purchases and auction transactions
- credit card/ debit card transactions
- financial information
- legal documents
- travel documents
- health records
- cable television shows watched and recorded
- commuter toll records
- electronic bus and subway passes / Smartpasses
- facial recognition data from surveillance cameras
- educational records
- arrest records
- driver license information
Sample Collection Data - In Real Time
The PRISM program is our #1 source of raw intelligence and consists of data extracted from the servers of nine major American internet companies. In the spirit of openness and transparency, we have embedded the Twitter feed from the NSA_PRISMbot which periodically posts random samples of PRISM collection data. <Source>
It’s not quite this bad, but after the Biden Administration, who knows?
We are so screwed.
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“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS
"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius
“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell
“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar
“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS