Video: Cash for Clunkers is a government scam to gain access to your computer?

This is something we never saw coming. We were recently watching an episode of Glenn Beck at FOX News when the broadcaster turned to a subject near and dear to our hearts: cars.

As it turns out, Beck – and some of his constituents, we think – talked about the repercussions of using your computer to try to avail of the Cash for Clunkers program. Apparently, when you want to trade in your clunker, a warning box pops up, which says:“This application provides access to the DoT CARS system. When logged on to the CARS system, this computer is considered a Federal computer system and is the property of the US government.”

It doesn’t end there.

Continued after the jump.

”Any and all use of this system and all files on this system may be intercepted, monitored, recorded, copied, audited, inspected and disclosed to authorized CARS, DoT, and law enforcement personnel, as well as authorized officials of other agencies, both domestic and foreign.”

If we understood that correctly, it means that when somebody tries to log-on to the CARS website and agrees to the privacy and security agreement, they’re basically giving ownership of their computer to the US government?

Feel free to watch the video and jump to 0:40. That’s where all the relevant stuff happens.

We’re not saying that the government is engaged in some questionable activity, but the message does make you wonder what in the world is going on.

What do you think?
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  (1023) posted on 10.11.2010

Really?? I don’t know about that. the first time I heard about the cash for clunkers, honestly i get excited not until i heard about this.

  (1) posted on 08.4.2009

Actually, he did say that it was only when dealers access the system that they encounter this warning. On Monday, the government removed the warning. The question is: do they still collect information as the (ill-named)Privacy Act of 1974 allows, even though they removed the warning?

This may be absolutely nothing, but it does make one wonder why they felt the need to have this capability or why the felt the need to post the warning on the website.

  (19) posted on 08.4.2009

Remember folks: Fox News has a LONG history of spewing propaganda for the Republican Party. Most of what they say in these opinions shows is not true, half true, only a little true or a flat out lie. The only thing that is consistent is favoring GOP issues and pounding at the Democrats.

  (3) posted on 08.4.2009

what beck fails to tell you is that that statement only comes up for dealers that are accessing the system, not the general public. But then again Glenn Beck has not been one to really , umm, tell the truth.

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