Vehicle Data Privacy: Industry and Federal Efforts Under Way but NHTSA Needs to Define Its Role, Report to the Subcommittee on Research and Technology, Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, House of Representatives   [open pdf - 3MB]

From the Highlights: "The prevalence of connected vehicles--those with technology that wirelessly transmits and receives data--has raised questions about how the collection, use, and sharing of these data affect consumer privacy. GAO [Government Accountability Office] was asked to review consumer privacy issues related to connected vehicles. This report: (1) examines the types, use, and sharing of data collected by connected vehicles; (2) determines the extent to which selected automakers' privacy policies for these data align with leading practices; and (3) evaluates related federal roles and efforts, among other objectives. GAO interviewed relevant industry associations, organizations that work on consumer privacy issues, and a non-generalizable sample of 16 automakers selected based on their U.S. passenger vehicle sales. In addition, GAO analyzed selected automakers' privacy policies (written notices and reported practices) against a set of leading privacy practices determined to be relevant to connected vehicles. To identify these practices, GAO reviewed a variety of privacy frameworks developed by federal agencies and others. GAO reviewed relevant federal statutes, regulations, and reports, and interviewed agency officials, including those from DOT [Department of Transportation], the Department of Commerce, and FTC [Federal Trade Commission]. GAO recommends that NHTSA [National Highway Traffic Safety Administration] define, document, and externally communicate its roles and responsibilities related to the privacy of data generated by and collected from vehicles. NHTSA concurred with our recommendation."

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