US driver data privacy laws aren't strict enough for EU
This month, the two groups issued a 13-page paper called "Consumer Privacy Protection Principles" laying out a framework for collecting and safeguarding data, saying that it "goes beyond similar principles in other industry sectors," and, "Vigilance over the privacy of our customers and the security of vehicle systems is an imperative." According to a German attorney, however, the protections use vague language that wouldn't satisfy current European regulations. At issue are phrases like "reasonable business purposes" to describe when collecting data is acceptable, and the fact that just using the vehicle is de facto consent to data collection.
That latter point is also a problem for Senator Edward Markey, who believes drivers should not just be made aware of their personal information being stored but should be able to opt-out of having it stored at all.
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