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GAO Releases Vehicle Data Privacy Report

WASHINGTON, D.C., Aug. 31, 2017 – In July 2017, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) submitted a report on vehicle data privacy to the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Research and Technology, under the Committee on Science, Space and Technology.

This report:

• Examines the types, use and sharing of data collected by connected vehicles
• Determines the extent to which selected automakers’ privacy policies for these data align with leading practices
• Evaluates related federal roles and efforts, among other objectives

During the research process, GAO interviewed industry associations, consumer privacy organizations and a sample of 16 automakers selected based on their U.S. passenger vehicle sales. The GAO also compared selected automakers’ privacy policies to a set of leading privacy practices relevant to connected vehicles.

The report determined that most automakers that offer manufacturer connected vehicles comply with most of the key privacy principles. The GAO also concluded, however, that the Department of Transportation – specifically the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) – needs to “define, document and externally communicate its roles and responsibilities related to the privacy of data generated by, and collected from, vehicles.” NHTSA concurred with the report’s recommendation.

To read the full text of the report, go to http://www.gao.gov/assets/690/686284.pdf.

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Contact: ASA Washington D.C. Office
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For Release: Immediate
News Bulletin 17.26

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