Key Takeaways From OneTrust DataGuidance’s Presentation On Connected Vehicles, Data Protection

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As always, it was great fun speaking with Future of Privacy Forum’s lovely and knowledgeable mobility guru Chelsey Colbert during Part 2 of OneTrust DataGuidance’s connected vehicles and data protection presentation.

Here are some takeaways from our chat:

  • In the Cold War spy series “The Americans,” characters kept changing their route to and from their house and the dead drop sites in order not to be followed. But now, your car just knows where you are at any given time.
  • Precise geolocation data, helpfully not defined consistently across all laws (is it 500 sq. m., 1750 ft? 1850? a bird? a plane?), is like a potent winter perfume. Spray in the air and walk through, it can be perfectly elegant. Overuse, and you are left with a pesky nuisance (Read: Data risk).
  • Should your car be allowed to gauge your mood and your road rage? There are safety considerations obviously, but there are also mistakes (mood recognition AI is not accurate) and algorithmic biases (darker skin tones are disproportionately considered angrier).
  • Life, liberty and the pursuit of affordable repair. The Massachusetts Right of Repair law of 2000 is currently being litigated with key issues including: is the implementation timeline (immediate) feasible? Is there an increased information security risk? Does this lead to a violation of existing motor vehicle safety laws.
  • Who is in the driver’s seat? You or your car? As cars are becoming more autonomous, the issue of who is the driver becomes more complex, especially in the Level 3 autonomous vehicles.

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