By: Luke Jones, Published on March 30, 2017 07:30 PM, Last Update on March 31, 2017 08:44 AM
The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada has announced it will fund the development of a code of practice for connected cars. The “arms-length” project will seek a standard for balancing information flow and protecting data privacy.
“The benefits available to Canadians through the arrival of connected and autonomous cars may be significant,” Privacy Commissioner of Canada Daniel Therrien said in remarks on Tuesday before the Senate Committee on Transportation and Communications. “However, consumers’ trust in these technologies will only take hold when the appropriate balance is reached between information flow and privacy protection is struck.”
Therrien was before the committee as part of a wider study into regulatory and technical issues that could affect the creation of connected and automated vehicles. Privacy is a major challenge for vehicles that will always be connected and communicating with other vehicles and systems. Therrien says:
“On this last point, my office is currently examining potential enhancements to the consent process, to address many of the challenges raised by the flow of large amounts of data through complex ecosystems, as can be seen in the connected car industry and more broadly in the Internet of Things,” Therrien said in the meeting.