Unless you own your own truck, there is nothing invasive about it. The insurance companies are capitalizing on this, as well as the dashcam companies. Now, if the truck driving community thinks trucking companies have office staff sitting around twidling their thumbs, just waiting to sit staff in front of screens to watch a driver go down the road on these cameras, you need a reality check. Trucking companies are running their offices as lean as possible these days, because it affects their bottom line.
If you are doing everything you are supposed to, piloting someone else's investment, as well as someone else's freight, then who cares who watches! If you are a driver who doesn't follow the rules, then this is just the babysitting tool I would want if I owned the truck and had you driving it.
We have cameras in our trucks, forward and driver facing. We have the option to "alert" send clips of video to Safety and the DriveCam company should ain incident occur, otherwise, it records and tapes over/loops. Those cams don't have a computer server room attached to it, so the storage on those devices are very minimal.
I think, just like a lot of other things in trucking, Driver's spread rumors and just don't get "it" and that's no different with these cameras. They've covered our butt in a few accidents where 4-wheelers did dumb crap and caused an accident.
So I'm all for them. Just last week I had a car pull out in front of me....I locked up the brakes and didn't hit them, all parties involved were just fine, business as usual. But the camera blinked red to me, triggered a hard braking incident on my Qualcomm. If the Safety Dept wanted to (and I don't know they did or didn't) they could see the Hard Braking Incident, and look at the camera video and see what happened. I haven't heard a peep from them. Maybe because they reviewed the video and realized they don't need to contact me. They also can see, because of the Driver Facing cam, I was doing everything I should have been....paying attention, not eating/drinking...not on a phone, etc.
I do agree with Doug, 20+yrs safe driving should account for something...but anything could happen out there, cross our fingers, and if we can have an advantage against whoever we were involved in an accident with, or a close call...I'm all for it.