What does your car know about you – Politico

With the help of Derek Robertson

Cars are collecting more data than ever before, fueling a new kind of data medium. Although vehicle safety is tightly regulated, vehicle data is not. Privacy advocates worry that connected cars could surprise lawmakers — just as the unregulated collection of vast amounts of data by smartphones has done.

Cars are able to collect data about almost every aspect of driving, from the condition of the road to whether or not it is I gained weight Since the last time I sat in the driver’s seat. If you connect your phone to the Bluetooth system in the car, it will be Able to know your contacts.

And while most of the data cars collect relates to the vehicle itself, such as engine temperature or tire pressure, there is a growing market for more personal driver data, such as the driver’s name and location, driven by industries such as insurance, marketing and auto repair.

“There is great potential on apps that use anonymised data, but there is much more market potential with apps on personal data,” said Frederic Brunetto, managing director of Ptolemus Consulting Group, a strategy firm that advises on connected mobility. “The need for effective consent management is critical.”

Vehicle location data is among the most valuable data that automakers can collect, and the data brokers who obtain this information have claimed that it is far more accurate and dense than phone data, According to marketing materials.

Privacy advocates say it’s also hard for consumers to opt out of sharing their location data from the car. While you can deny permissions for a mobile app that wants to know your location, doing the same to a car could mean no map services or emergency roadside assistance.

While only about half of new cars sold today have internet connections, McKinsey estimates that by 2030About 95 percent of new cars will be delivered. This flow of data collection has given rise to a A new industry for data brokers, called Vehicle Data Centerswhich specializes in collecting vehicle data and selling it to customers such as insurance companies, city planners and advertisers.

Automakers are considering using technology to show them ads Dashboards When driving by certain billboardscar data brokers are already offering to use Vehicle data to adjust insurance rates. Privacy advocates worry that if all of these systems are entrenched before regulations curb them, lawmakers will have more difficulty protecting people’s information.

So lawmakers are racing to set the rules for auto data.

There are privacy laws in the United States on vehicle data, such as Driver Privacy Actenacted in 2015. The law states that any data collected on a vehicle’s event data recorder, a type of black box intended to help diagnose faults and accidents, is the property of the vehicle’s owner, and requires consent or a guarantee for this data to be used by third parties.

But with connected cars, EDR only represents a small amount of data collected. No federal laws protecting driver privacy have been passed since 2015, giving automakers a window to collect and sell location data to drivers once they sign up for services like GPS and roadside assistance.

“We believe it is too late to update the Driver Privacy Act,” said Andrea Amico, founder of Privacy4Cars, a privacy technology company that specializes in cars. Amico cautions that infotainment systems collect at least as much data as EDR does, and can extract it without a warrant.

Industry groups are also trying to weaken privacy regulations.

In June 2020, Automotive Innovation Alliance Make recommendations for privacy regulations to the Uniform Law Commission. In the letter, the industry group recommended changing the definition of “personal data” to exclude “pseudonymous data,” which has been stripped of names. anyway Use of data brokers Lots of this data, it’s often relatively easy to “remove the anonymizer” from it and see which nickname corresponds to which real one.

Although Congress hasn’t passed new auto legislation, lawmakers are pushing for Broader Data Privacy Bill It covers a wide range of data, regardless of the type of device collecting it. The bill was approved by the committee on July 20 but is unlikely to become law without the support of Maria Cantwell, chair of the Senate Commerce Committee (D-Wash). It specifically requires car manufacturers to obtain “explicit, confirmed consent” for data collection for certain purposes.

Without this kind of regulation, automakers are free to require access to the data for life-saving purposes such as emergency roadside assistance while also using the same data for profit.

“The problem is once you agree to that, what consumers don’t realize is that you also consent to the same data, second-by-second geolocation data, your medical profile, anything connected to the car, basically available,” Amico said.

This strategy comes from the same playbook that mobile apps have used for years: when a user grants data permissions for the app to work, it can open the door for an entire data broker ecosystem to trade your information back and forth. Appear Data from Muslim prayer appsWhich needed location data to direct people toward Mecca, ended up in the hands of the US military.

As Amico says, “Many of us have a romantic idea that cars are a place of anonymity and freedom. It’s time for Congress to realize that’s no longer the case.”

Stablecoins have been heavily scrutinized lately, With the Federal Reserve intensifying its oversight among some very Notable Incidents.

But one stablecoin provider is active attempt To grab some attention – the Circle Company, a Boston-based company that built The second highest stable market value for currencies after tether. in Interview published today With POLITICO’s Peter O’Brien and Pro subscribers Bjarke Smith-Meyer, the company’s chief strategy officer, Dante Disparte, said he is “looking to be third behind only Bitcoin and Ether” in the cryptocurrency market.

Stable currencies peg their value to the US dollar by backed by traditional currency, US Treasuries, or commodities. This makes withdrawals easy and provides a more stable investment, but just as with non-crypto securities, their underlying assets are still vulnerable to volatile weather.

And this is exactly what Disparte describes as the advantage of the USDC: that many, if not all, the current generation of so-called stablecoins cannot come close to that of Peter and Bjarke, he told Peter and Bjarke. [its] level of trust, transparency and regulatory certainty.” Tether, on his part, responded that Circle’s “unprofitable business model” makes it a risky bet. Derek Robertson

last week we turmoil covered sweeping the world of VRChat, One of the most popular 3D virtual worlds based on virtual reality.

The film, which was released on the HBO streaming service on Wednesday, offers an up-close and personal snapshot of the status quo that most loyal users are trying to protect —”We met in virtual reality, a feature-length documentary filmed entirely within the game itself. The film’s director, Joe Hunting, follows some of the game’s most dedicated users as they dance, celebrate the holidays, deal with realistic trauma, and even “marry” within the confines of the highly animated, daytime cartoon-style game.

in Interview With the GameRant website, as well as joking about him being “one of the only documentary filmmakers who have been able to make their movie entirely in their pajamas,” Hunting described how the film was inspired by the Covid-19 pandemic and the attendant transformation of social and emotional life in a digital space.

It also makes the argument that the most common misconception about VR users is that they spend too much time there, to the detriment of their daily lives. Center Lots of evidence That the use of virtual reality has increased exponentially during the pandemic, Hunting’s shot may be a sneak peek into the kind of virtual entanglements that could soon be sitting next to analog entanglements. – Derek Robertson

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