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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 02-11-2019, 07:14 PM Thread Starter
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Any idea what this white box is under my dash?

This mystery box showed up on my service truck this morning. I'm wondering if it's some kind of GPS tracking device, anybody have a clue?

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post #2 of 28 (permalink) Old 02-11-2019, 07:30 PM
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It’s plugged into the OBD port, so I’m going to guess that it tracks your speed, engine run time, etc. May be for insurance purposes, but may also be so your supervisor can keep an eye on you. I’d mind my Ps and Qs if I were you.

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Looks like big brother, or an insecure manager.....me, I'd be browsing the help wanted ads

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Yep, big brother. Some ins. co offer something similar in exchange for lower rates. Thats kinda crappy to just slip it in on you. LOL @ the "Alexa Skill" functions.
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With Alexa, I would expect that all sounds inside the cab are also subject to monitoring by the boss. This means you have zero expectation of privacy while in the cab.

You may be paranoid, but they are spying on you !!
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They make some extender cables that allow them to be mounted safely out of the way of knees, boots etc that can make contact and damage them when getting in and out. This one looks like it is in a precarious location, in my truck I wouldn't be surprised if it didn't get kicked loose or such.
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Pull it off, take it to your supervisor and just ask "the mechanics seemed to have left this in my truck". See what happens.

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Was it in your truck or you employer's truck? If you're truck and you didn't put it there yank it and toss it. If it's a company truck go ask your boss what it's for. If it's your employer's truck there isn't much you can do about it unless your employment contract prohibits monitoring/tracking employees movements. If it is a company truck and you are a union employee and really bothers you complain to your union steward.

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I'm a little surprised at the responses in that the GPS trackers are becoming much more the norm than the look for another place of employment because big brother is watching me.

I would like to see some of the questions answered before I respond further, for example, if this is a personal vehicle and you didn't know it was on there as opposed to a Company that is now tracking it's vehicles.

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I work as an HVAC tech and typically I am the one that drives this company truck. I looked through the rest of the company service trucks and I didn't see anything similar to this one. After reading the other comments I'm wondering if my conversations are being eves dropped.

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After reading the other comments I'm wondering if my conversations are being eves dropped.
That is unlikely. It is more likely a tracker of location and driving habits.
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I employed them on every of my O&G projects abroad. It forced folks to abide by the safety requirements of the company and the specific project. Worked like a charm too. You should be pleased your company cares about you so.
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If it's a company owned truck there isn't anything you can do. You have no expectation of privacy when you are on or in company property. It's different than when you are at home. It's been upheld in several courts. If you own the vehicle they'll need to get your permission to do so. If you refuse you could be fired or not able to use your own vehicle. Best practice (and the polite thing to do) is to let employees know but there is no federal legal obligation to do so.

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I drive around in a service van owned by a fortune 500 company. We have GPS tracking, but they didn't hide it from us. It is mentioned during the interview. We supposedly use it to aid in scheduling service calls, but I am skeptical. If we drive 10mph over the speed limit for more than 5 minutes, we get a phone call from someone in the corporate headquarters. If I found out they were recording my conversations though, I would have a great time with them until they fired me. For this same reason, I still have my own cell phone, even though they supply me with one. I choose to keep work and personal stuff separate.
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