Bill Hanvey, president and CEO of the Auto Care Association, wants consumers to know how smart modern vehicles are, and why they need to care about who it’s talking to.
In an opinion piece published in the New York Times today, Hanvey stresses that the only person who should control car data is the car owner.
“He or she should be aware of the data the car transmits, have control over it and determine who can see it,” he writes in the think-piece, entitled “Your Car Knows When You Gain Weight.”
The Auto Care Association has been vocal about its views about vehicle data collection and consumer privacy. The New York Times’ “Privacy Project” explores the modern discourse surrounding tech data privacy for consumers.
“Cars… know how fast we drive, where we live, how many children we have — even financial information,” Hanvey argues. “Connect a phone to a car, and it knows who we call and who we text. But who owns and, ultimately, controls that data? And what are carmakers doing with it?”