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I'd love to agree with you, mjb4450, but the Supreme Court has put a limit on the amount of privacy we can expect when in vehicles. That's how police can search your car for guns and contraband with much less restrictions than they can your house, and how traffic cams can take your your photo through the windshield. Vehicles are mobile and take us onto public and government property, unlike fixed residences, and although they are technically our private property (like our clothes and luggage), they are considered fair game. I find this revolting and a way around the 4th Amendment, but that's how the law has been set up. Give 'em an inch...
Otherwise I looked for laws against tampering with black boxes and couldn't find one. I think there's been no cases yet and they don't see a need. But if people start yanking the snitches out of their own cars, it won't take long for The Man to put a stop to it (and order retroactive install on older vehicles). Private interests are in bed with politicians who have legislators in their pockets. Once you're hip to how messed up that is you can't accept stuff like the black box as normal or innocuous without appearing dishonest or incredibly naive.