General Motors Co. is changing course on how it will handle customers of its OnStar vehicle communication system once they opt out of the service.
The automaker said it will change its proposed "Terms and Conditions" policy and will not keep a data connection to customers' vehicles after the OnStar service is canceled.
U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) said that OnStar's policy represented an invasion of privacy, and he threatened a federal investigation.
"OnStar's reversal of policy is good news. Consumer tracking, whether across town or across the Internet, should always be an opt-in. OnStar is setting an example that others should follow," said Jeremy Anwyl, chief executive of auto information company Edmunds.com.