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Offline Bugbatter

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Who will own the data from your autonomous car?
« on: August 16, 2017, 01:10:08 PM »
Who owns your car?

Assuming it’s paid off, you might think you do. It’s your responsibility to maintain it. If something breaks, you have to pay to fix it. If you hit somebody or something with it, you’re liable for the damage.

But the data you generate in your autonomous car of the future? Apparently not so much. If you expect the US Congress to protect your personal privacy, including ownership and control of those data, as the nation moves into the era of autonomous vehicles (AV), you need to temper your expectations.

Legislation is in the works in both houses of Congress to regulate AVs, although the House is ahead of the Senate – the Committee on Energy and Commerce released the text a couple of weeks ago of a proposed bill titled the SELF DRIVE Act.

https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2017/08/16/who-will-own-the-data-from-your-autonomous-car/

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Re: Who will own the data from your autonomous car?
« Reply #1 on: August 25, 2017, 10:52:09 PM »
This certainly raises some interesting questions regarding driving, data collection,and privacy.

The police traffic accident specialists I occasionally work with tell that for about a decade now, on board car computers can download all manner of data regarding speed, braking, direction etc. prior to an accident, much like the "black box"on airplanes. Warrants to download this data are not required, at least in my jurisdiction. This seems reasonable to me, much like accessing video-cam recordings of public places following a crime.

Never mind "autonomous" cars of the future. Given the current capabilities of GPS systems, hands-free phone calls, etc. I suspect that a lot of data is available to be collected for a variety of other reasons that might not be reasonable, and should be afforded privacy rights.

I suppose the the first question to be answered is, "Does one have an expectation of privacy about one's driving habits in public?" The second question is, "What about all the other data that might be collected?"

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Re: Who will own the data from your autonomous car?
« Reply #2 on: August 26, 2017, 07:31:19 AM »
Good questions, Joe. I wonder about not only the "driving habits in public", but also private conversation taking place in the cabin. A few days after I bought my car last summer, I was surprised one afternoon when sitting in the Walmart parking lot to hear, "May I help you?" My first thought was, "How long have YOU been there?" Apparently, I had hit a button somewhere when searching for my sunglasses. Oh, and then there's that extremely loud alarm that warns me to stop speeding. It can be disabled, but I rather appreciate that. Unfortunately it tends to give the passengers momentary heart failure. I wonder who is liable if they can't be revived?



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