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    SC Magazine: Automakers pen ‘privacy principles’ for in-car technology

    SC Magazine reports on a letter (pdf) that 19 automakers (part of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and the Association of Global Automakers) sent to the Federal Trade Commission concerning in-car technology and principle of privacy for protecting drivers and passengers. The companies signing on to the principles are Aston Martin, BMW, Chrysler, Ferrari, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Maserati, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Porsche, Subaru, Toyota, Volkswagen and Volvo. SC reports:

    Two automaker groups, with representation from major manufacturers, like Ford Motor Company, BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Toyota, have penned a benchmark privacy document for protecting data collected through in-car technologies.  […]

    In a letter to FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez, the groups’ CEOs Mitch Bainwol and John Bozzella said that the principles coincide with the associations’ existing commitments to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In July, the groups agreed to establish an information sharing and analysis center (ISAC) for the auto industry, where information on “cyber-related threats and vulnerabilities in motor vehicle electronics or associated in-vehicle networks” could be communicated, the letter said.

    The new framework, which offers “baseline privacy commitments” for automakers, entails seven principles: transparency among automakers regarding collected or shared information, presenting consumers choice as it pertains to data collected about them, and having “respect for context” – or considering the impact collected information could have on drivers. […]

    The voluntary guidelines are meant to protect vehicles manufactured on and after January 2, 2016.

    The document notes that, when compliance requires an engineering change to a vehicle, participating automakers would be expected to rectify the concerns no later than vehicle model year 2018.

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