Where the self-driving cars provide lots of facilities at the same time they may be the troublesome innovation to travel that we have experienced in a century. The biggest, particular concern with regard to self-driving cars is data privacy and cyber security risks. There below the comments from Pat Clawson, Blancco technology Group CEO, on the need for new legislation to protect self-driving cars users’ data privacy.
Pat Clawson, CEO, Blancco Technology Group:
Self-driving cars are bringing out a lot of debate about the need for new legislation to protect users’ data privacy. The issue really comes down to the size of the car market (buying, renting and self-driving). You have car owners and renters syncing millions of data points (contact details, music apps, maps and so much more data) from their smartphones directly onto the dashboards on the cars.
And when you move to driverless cars, the types and amounts of data stored increases significantly. We need to sort out exactly when, where and how all of that synced data is erased (and done so properly without the possibility of ever being recovered). It can’t keep being a sidebar in the discussion – we need to sort it out now.