Are you sure about that? From the sounds of the Owner's Manual, activation of any portion of the Supplemental Restraint System, be it the airbags, seatbelt pretensioners, rollover detectors, traction control, or Advancetrac, causes the Event Data Recorder (what I will refer to as the black box) to record the near-crash or actual crash circumstances.
Absolutely. Everything you have found is describing the SRS control unit which has been doing all of the event recording for about 15 years. This is nothing new. Crash data has been recorded and used for dozens of things from the Toyota 'unintended acceleration' to SUV rollover cases.
Note this is only for crash data, there is nothing to get worked up over.
... and how many times you change lanes without signaling.
If I ruled the world your car would explode immediately upon detecting this behavior.
I guess if our cars have a black box I would like to know the legal ramifications of having it and or disabling it. If there is a GPS in the car, it could be used to log speed and position and result in a ticket.
If you disable it you will lose your airbags and ETR(emergency tensioning retractors) seatbelts. The vehicle speed is measured through the wheelspeed sensors given from the traction control system and does not require GPS.
Luckily Ford claims they won't use GPS location to track your speed unless it resulted in a crash/near-crash situation...but just like many safety measures, feels a little like big brother watching. It doesn't mean they WILL use it to screw people, but they can.
Again, GPS is not required to measure wheelspeed as the onboard wheelspeed sensors do that already.