The push to connect vehicles to one another and to the Internet has created a role for federal agencies to clarify its privacy protection role, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) concluded in a report released on Monday. The government watchdog agency is worried that vehicles will continue to collect more and more data while federal standards continue to fall behind, failing to keep up with the pace of change in the industry.
GAO researchers contacted the sixteen automakers responsible for 90 percent of the cars and trucks sold in the United States and found that thirteen of them offered automobiles that connected to the Internet. In 2014, GAO released a report focusing on the privacy of in-car navigation devices (view report), but this report focused specifically on systems that use a SIM card to connect to wireless data providers to provide services such as roadside assistance or automatic crash notification.
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