Warning light: A long, and likely expensive, ballot fight over the information spit out by your car is beginning–Right to Repair Law in MA

The shadowy figure, its features hidden by an expressionless mask, invites viewers to consider a question: “You wouldn’t give your car keys to a stranger, why give up your data?”

It’s a cryptic advertisement, with a reference to “RTR” and the generically named Coalition for Safe and Secure Data. It also means something you might not expect: the beginning of a long, and likely expensive, debate over the information spit out each day by your car.

Eight years after it was last in front of voters, the state’s so-called right to repair law appears headed back to the November ballot, absent legislative action. This time, it would ask Massachusetts residents to further expand the access vehicle owners and independent body shops have to diagnostic and repair data.