Connected Cars Raise Privacy Concerns: DOT Secretary

Connected Cars Raise Privacy Concerns: DOT Secretary

The U.S. Department of Transportation is keeping a close eye on driver privacy as more automakers begin developing wireless connectivity in vehicles.

The DOT is looking closely at the technology and hoping that automakers find the right balance between keeping drivers safe without a breach of privacy. Many of the new infotainment systems feature wireless connectivity so that drivers can take advantage of entertainment apps, safety and location-based features. As a result, it raises concerns on how invasive that technology is when it comes to privacy.

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The U.S. Government Accountability Office has published a report that discovered inconsistencies on how automakers handle data from car owners. Recently, Ford’s Jim Farley had to issue an apology for remarking that the American automaker knows “everyone who breaks the law,” thanks to GPS data.

“The technology that’s emerging raises questions, and we’re going to be responsive to those questions,” said Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.” But each technology is different, and each application of it is different, and we want to make sure that we’re striking the right balance between helping folks be safe but also making sure that their expectations of privacy are also weighed carefully.”

[Source: Automotive News]