Future of Privacy Forum Releases “Data and the Connected Car” Infographic in Advance of FTC & NHTSA Workshop


Connected Car infographic

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                   
June 27, 2017
Lauren Smith, Connected Cars Policy Counsel, [email protected]
Melanie Bates, Director of Communications, [email protected]

Future of Privacy Forum Releases Infographic Mapping Data and the Connected Car

in Advance of FTC & NHTSA Workshop

Washington, DC – Today, the Future of Privacy Forum released an infographic, “Data and the Connected Car – Version 1.0,” describing the basic data-generating devices and flows in today’s connected vehicles. The infographic will help consumers and businesses alike understand the emerging data ecosystems that power incredible new features—features that can warn drivers of an accident before they see it, or jolt them awake if they fall asleep at the wheel.

Many of these new features are enabled by the collection of new types of data, putting the topic of privacy in connected cars on the agenda of industry, policymakers, and regulators. Tomorrow, Wednesday, June 28, the Federal Trade Commission and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will host a workshop on the privacy and security issues around automated and connected vehicles. This is the first workshop co-hosted by the two agencies, and their partnership is a recognition of the convergence of the automotive and technology sectors.

“The benefits of connected vehicle technologies are crucial to addressing the 94% of car accidents that are caused by human error,” said Lauren Smith, FPF’s Connected Cars Policy Counsel. “But we need to foster transparency and communication around consumer data use in order to deploy them responsibly. Conversations between lawmakers, consumers, and businesses such as those happening tomorrow need to go beyond the current day and focus on building trustworthy data practices—and communicating them—as vehicles advance. We think that explaining cars’ data-transmitting devices and flows is an important first step.”

This infographic accompanies a project FPF launched earlier this year, a first-of-its kind consumer guide to Personal Data in Your Car. The Guide includes tips to help consumers understand the new technologies powered by data inside the car. It describes common types of collected data, the Privacy Principles that nearly all automakers have committed to, and includes a “privacy checklist” for renting or selling a car. Did you delete your synced contacts list? How about your garage door programming? And don’t forget to wipe your home address on that navigation system! These easy, simple steps can help consumers protect their own data and start thinking about the types of information involved in today’s new mobile ecosystem.


The Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) is a non-profit organization that serves as a catalyst for privacy leadership and scholarship, advancing principled data practices in support of emerging technologies. Learn more about FPF by visiting www.fpf.org.