Connected cars: What’s on the agenda

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Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines. The FTC and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have announced the agenda for their joint workshop on the consumer privacy and security implications of connected cars. If this emerging tech issue is of interest to your clients, race to Washington (within the lawful speed limit, of course) to attend the event on Wednesday, June 28, 2017.

FTC Acting Chairman Ohlhausen will wave the green flag at 10:00 ET, followed by introductory comments from NHTSA Acting Executive Director Terry T. Shelton. Next on the agenda will be keynote remarks from Jeff Massimilla, Chief Product Cybersecurity Officer at General Motors and Vice Chair of Auto-ISAC (Automotive Information Sharing and Analysis Center), and a presentation by Nat Beuse, NHTSA’s Associate Administrator for Vehicle Safety Research.

The conversation will continue with three panels featuring representatives from industry, academia, and consumer groups. The first panel will focus on Connected Cars and Data: the technologies that generate, collect, and use consumer information and how it’s used – for example, vehicle-to-vehicle speed and position data collected for crash avoidance. What secondary uses could there be for that information? Should original equipment manufacturers use that data for purposes other than safety?

The second panel will address Cybersecurity and Data. Do connected and autonomous cars pose potential risks to the security of the data they collect? What role should industry self-regulation and government standards play (the NIST Framework, for example)? What can we learn from the experience of industries like aviation?

The third panel will focus on Privacy. What are the privacy implications of connected cars? Do Fair Information Practice Principles apply? How do consumer notice and choice principles operate in this context? What’s the role of the FTC and other agencies?

FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection Acting Director Tom Pahl will wave the checkered flag with closing remarks at 4:30.

Connected Cars is free and open to the public. On June 28th, registration opens at 8:30 AM at the FTC’s Constitution Center conference facility, located at 400 7th Street, S.W., in Washington, DC. (Taking Metro? Exit at L’Enfant Plaza.) We’ll also webcast the event from a link that will go live just before 10:00 ET.

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