The FTC and NHTSA Plan Workshop on Vehicles and Cybersecurity

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are hosting a public workshop to discuss consumer privacy issues posed by technological developments in vehicles, particularly those with some form of wireless connectivity. The potential dangers to consumers from such connected vehicles are significant, as one estimate provides that by 2020 autonomous vehicles will generate about 4,000 gigabytes of data a day (about as much data as is generated by 3000 individuals through their computers and other devices). The workshop will cover what data should be collected, how that data is used and shared, and what choices consumers are given with regard to the collection and use of that data. Additional topics include the privacy and security harms that can arise from the collection and use of data, and the role of the FTC and NHTSA in regulating these issues.

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