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Car Companies Refuse Responsibility for Data Safety in Massachusetts

The Right-to-Repair campaign that was supposedly settled back in 2013 has come to the forefront again and is on the November ballot for Massachusetts residents as Question 1. In 2013, the voters overwhelmingly passed a state law allowing owners and independent auto repair shops to have access to a vehicle’s computer information data. That law lacked teeth, however, since a provision in the measure excluded access to telematics, which is repair and diagnostic data that is sent to the auto dealer. This is information that the aftermarket repair shops contend will make them competitive with the dealers. Without it, they argue, they will be limited in what repairs they can make and will lose business and ultimately cause independent repair shops to close down.

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