"Intelligent cars"

"Mr. President,

The eCall system being proposed by the Commission promises to increase road safety, by linking all cars to satellite systems so that they can directly inform emergency services in the event of an accident.

However they have ignored their own data protection advisers by calling for the system to be mandatory. In the light of the way in which technology is used to control rather than protect the public, it is imperative that this system is voluntary, and that sufficient legal guarantees are put in place to ensure that the system cannot be misused.

As ever the Commission's proposals come sugar wrapped in this case saving lives, the environment even the planet, but we must protect ourselves against the small print.