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The Federal Trade Commission has repeatedly taken action in recent years against technology companies, including cellphone maker HTC last month, for failing to adequately protect personal data collected from customers.

The prospect of the government itself gaining access to rich new streams of personal information worries some privacy experts as well. Vehicle data could be used to generate tickets or prosecute drivers after accidents.

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"As soon as that data starts flowing to outside parties, whether app developers or [wireless] carriers, I start getting nervous," said Jay Stanley, a senior policy analyst for the American Civil Liberties Union. "It raises the prospect that control over individuals by police, by insurance companies, by whoever, might become much more finely grained than we have now."

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