President Joe Biden’s spending bill is the biggest topic of debate on Capitol Hill right now. It’s both sweeping and controversial for both parties.
Fact-checkers continue to find concerning items buried deep within the massive piece of legislation, which many Republican leaders condemn.
Now, something else has popped up — and it affects most Americans.
In addition to a large amount of “pork,” as the GOP claims, Biden’s “Build Back Better” bill also features a variety of highly questionable items.
One of those is a “safety” feature that is raising eyebrows, especially among those who value privacy and freedom.
It’s a “kill switch,” which could have a dramatic impact on every adult’s daily lives.
In America, most adults drive, which is why anything that impacts our vehicles will also impact our day-to-day routines. And this one might have negative consequences.
Via The Daily Caller:
Buried deep within the massive infrastructure legislation recently signed by President Joe Biden is a little-noticed ‘safety’ measure that will take effect in five years.
Marketed to Congress as a benign tool to help prevent drunk driving, the measure will mandate that automobile manufacturers build into every car what amounts to a ‘vehicle kill switch.’
The idea that it would stop drunk driving is appealing, but the details are few and far between.
The problem is that this would be a mandatory feature, and it leaves the door open to a myriad of potential privacy issues.
As The Daily Caller points out, this is a feature that will always be on, which in turn means your vehicle will constantly be monitored.
On top of that, as it will be an “open” system, this leaves a “backdoor” open to third-party individuals. So hackers and other people might be able to access that “kill switch.”
Then there are the potential safety issues that go along with this feature, which is largely untested currently.
The primary problem lies in the freedom of the driver:
The choice as to whether a vehicle can or cannot be driven — for vehicles built after 2026 — will rest in the hands of an algorithm over which the car’s owner or driver have neither knowledge nor control.
America has already implemented other things across the country, such as traffic cameras and automated license plate readers.
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But at some point, the citizens might start to push back against “Big Brother” invading their personal lives at every turn. Driving is a privilege, but also a freedom.
This feature prompts many questions, several of which are related to the Constitution.
Then there are the legal, functional, and safety issues concerning the implementation of the feature, which can’t be ignored, either.
So far, President Biden hasn’t addressed this, but if the bill passes, it might quickly become a hotly debated topic.