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–There’s no opt-out. It’s extremely difficult for car owners to disable the recorders. 11 Feb 2013 Many motorists don’t know it, but it’s likely that every time they get behind the wheel, there’s a snitch along for the ride. Today is the last day that the public can comment on a proposed law that would put so-called black boxes in every new car sold by September 1, 2014. The thing is, most cars already have them unbeknownst to many drivers. Automakers have been quietly tucking the devices, which automatically record the actions of drivers and the responses of their vehicles in a continuous information loop, into most new cars for years. Privacy advocates say government regulators and automakers are spreading an intrusive technology without first putting in place policies to prevent misuse of the information collected.