Connected car data warning

Buyers of new or nearly new cars must be told who has access to the data their car generates

Published:  20 March, 2017

Buyers of new or nearly new cars must explicitly be told who has access to the data their car generates and how that data will be used, connected car service provider Smartdriverclub has warned.

Smartdriverclub CEO Penny Searles says: "Many motorists are simply oblivious to the fact that their vehicle is transmitting data directly to the manufacturer telling them how, when and where they are driving.  That's OK if the motorist understands this, but I don't believe that's always the case. They may be giving consent, but it's one of many pieces of paper they are asked to sign when they buy a new car.

"Connected cars offer a wealth of benefits, such as providing a new route, communicating with emergency services to report a collision or alerting drivers to a fault and the nearest garage. Most of us want more personalised services and we're willing to sacrifice certain elements of privacy to benefit from more targeted offerings. However what is the benefit to consumers when manufacturers record

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