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Data Privacy: It’s Time to Treat Your Car Like a Smartphone
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June 1, 2018 | Melanie E. Bates

Data Privacy: It’s Time to Treat Your Car Like a Smartphone

Lauren Smith, a FPF Policy Counsel, was recently featured in 2025 AD. Lauren leads the FPF Connected Cars Working Group, and serves a global expert and thought leader through speaking engagements, media interviews, and interaction with state and federal regulators and strategic partners. In this exclusive interview, she discusses best practices to advance privacy practices and understanding as new mobility technologies come to market.

FPF Comments on CA Public Utilities Commission Autonomous Vehicle Passenger Service Proceeding
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May 9, 2018 | Lauren Smith

FPF Comments on CA Public Utilities Commission Autonomous Vehicle Passenger Service Proceeding

Last week, the Future of Privacy Forum filed written comments in response to the California Public Utilities Commission’s proposed decision authorizing pilot programs for passenger service in Autonomous Vehicles. The CPUC is a consumer protection agency that oversees, among other topics, provision of passenger service in the state. The proposed decision called for a number of criteria to be met by companies seeking to operate AV passenger service, including reporting of communications between passengers and remote operators of driverless AVs, as well as aggregated operations data.

FPF Statement on GAO Release of Vehicle Data Privacy Report
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August 28, 2017 | Lauren Smith

FPF Statement on GAO Release of Vehicle Data Privacy Report

A new report released today by the United States Government Accountability Office reviews consumer privacy issues related to connected vehicles. The report examines the use, types, and sharing of vehicle data; surveys automakers to understand how their privacy policies align with privacy best practices; consults experts in the field to understand the issues at play in this space; and examines related Federal efforts.

The House’s SELF DRIVE Act Races Ahead on Privacy
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July 28, 2017 | Lauren Smith

The House’s SELF DRIVE Act Races Ahead on Privacy

In a rare moment of bipartisanship, the House Energy and Commerce Committee yesterday unanimously approved the SELF DRIVE Act H.R. 3388, sending it to the full House of Representatives for consideration. The bill facilitates introduction and testing of autonomous cars by clarifying federal and state roles, and by granting exemptions from motor vehicle standards that have impeded introduction of new automated vehicle technologies. This vote was an important step forward in enabling introduction of new technologies that have the potential to transform the future of mobility and maximize consumer safety.

Infographic: Data and the Connected Car – Version 1.0
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June 29, 2017 | Melanie E. Bates

Infographic: Data and the Connected Car – Version 1.0

On June 27, 2017, 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.

Future of Privacy Forum Releases “Data and the Connected Car” Infographic in Advance of FTC & NHTSA Workshop
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June 27, 2017 | Melanie E. Bates

Future of Privacy Forum Releases “Data and the Connected Car” Infographic 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.