Albany Law Journal of Science and Technology
In 2015, the U.S. Department of Transportation began the first phase of its 50-month program to introduce connected vehicles to American roadways. While many have focused on the potential traffic safety benefits wide-scale implementation of connected vehicle technology could ultimately bring about, few have discussed the potentially serious data privacy issues that connected vehicles could create. Although few know the exact technological capabilities connected vehicles will have, it is likely that they will be designed to regularly transmit highly sensitive private information over a relatively unsecure network. This paper analyzes the potential privacy issues that could be implicated by such a system, with particular focus as to how those issues are exacerbated by existing state law. Unless substantial amendments are made to existing legislative schemes, widespread use of connected vehicles could seriously jeopardize the security of our private information.
Emilio Longoria, Invisible, but Not Transparent: An Analysis of the Data Privacy Issues That Could Be Implicated by the Widespread Use of Connected Vehicles, 28 Alb. L.J. Sci. & Tech. 1 (2017).