FTC Supports NHTSA’s Approach to Privacy in V2V Rulemaking
Last week, the FTC stated support for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (“NHTSA’s”) approach to privacy and data security within the NHTSA’s proposed regulation relating to vehicle-to-vehicle (“V2V”) communications. The proposed rule, which would incorporate V2V technology into passenger cars and light trucks by 2019, is intended to enhance driver safety by aggregating and sharing data (such as a vehicle’s speed) from surrounding vehicles to generate safety warnings for drivers.
In a comment responding to the NHTSA’s proposed rule, the FTC noted three primary concerns relating to V2V communications, as described during the FTC’s “Internet of Things” workshop in November 2013:
- The ability of connected car technology to track consumers’ precise geolocation over time;
- Information about driving habits used to price insurance premiums or set prices for other auto-related products, without drivers’ knowledge or consent; and
- The security of connected cars, including the ability for third-parties to remotely access a car’s internal computer network