On March 20, 2017, the FTC issued a press release announcing that, along with NHTSA, it will conduct a workshop on June 28 to discuss privacy and security issues related to connected and automated vehicles.
While the workshop is taking place June 28, FTC and NHTSA are requesting that comments be submitted by April 20. They are looking for help in answer the following questions:
- What data do vehicles with wireless interfaces collect/store/transmit, and how is the data used and shared?
- How do these vehicles integrate data into their functionality?
- How do consumers benefit from the collection and use of their information?
- What are the current roles of vehicle manufacturers, parts suppliers, technology companies, and other stakeholders in collecting data and ensuring security?
- How are these roles expected to evolve?
- What are the vehicle manufacturers’ privacy and security policies and practices?
- How are those policies and practices communicated to consumers?
- What choices are consumers given about how their data is collected, stored, and used?
- Who owns the data?
- What, if any, privacy and security harms can arise from connected vehicle manufacturers and their service providers’ collection and use of data? What is the likelihood of such harms?
- What privacy and security issues might arise from consumer operation of connected vehicles, including use of third-party aftermarket products that can plug into vehicle diagnostic systems, geolocation systems, or other data-generating aspects of connected vehicles?
- What evidence exists regarding consumer perceptions of connected vehicles and their data collection and use practices?
- What are the roles of the FTC, NHTSA, and other federal government agencies with regard to the privacy and security issues concerning connected vehicles?
- What self-regulatory standards apply to privacy and security issues relating to connected vehicles?
For more details, please consult the workshop notice.