Connected Cars Raise Privacy Concerns: DOT Secretary

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

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]

Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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