On June 27, 2017, the Future of Privacy Forum released an infographic, “Data and the Connected Car – Version 1.0,” describing the basic data-generating devices and flows in today’s connected vehicles. The infographic will help consumers and businesses alike understand the emerging data ecosystems that power incredible new features—features that can warn drivers of an accident before they see it, or jolt them awake if they fall asleep at the wheel.
Many of these new features are enabled by the collection of new types of data, putting the topic of privacy in connected cars on the agenda of industry, policymakers, and regulators. On June 28, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration hosted a workshop on the privacy and security issues around automated and connected vehicles. This was the first workshop co-hosted by the two agencies, and their partnership is a recognition of the convergence of the automotive and technology sectors. Lauren Smith, FPF’s Connected Car Policy Counsel, spoke on a panel about cybersecurity and data. Watch a clip below.
“The benefits of connected vehicle technologies are crucial to addressing the 94% of car accidents that are caused by human error,” said Smith. “But we need to foster transparency and communication around consumer data use in order to deploy them responsibly. Conversations between lawmakers, consumers, and businesses such as those happening tomorrow need to go beyond the current day and focus on building trustworthy data practices—and communicating them—as vehicles advance. We think that explaining cars’ data-transmitting devices and flows is an important first step.”
This infographic accompanies a project FPF launched earlier this year, a first-of-its kind consumer guide to Personal Data in Your Car. The Guide includes tips to help consumers understand the new technologies powered by data inside the car.
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In the Press
- Op-Ed by Jules Polonetsky and Lauren Smith (The Hill)
- FTC, NHTSA Rev Up Connected Car Privacy Issues (Broadcasting & Cable)
- Infographic: Data and the Connected Car (IAPP)
- 8 Good Privacy Questions for Makers of Connected Cars (Observer)
- Regulators, Carmakers Plot Road to Connected Car Privacy, Security (Bloomberg BNA)
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