Data protection is a big problem for autonomous driving in Germany

The new autonomous driving law approved in Germany has a very important obstacle to deal with and regulate, that of the protection of the data of the owners, the sacred plot for justice. A survey highlights the importance of drivers in the processing and transfer of personal data, and not only to the administration.

When we buy a new car, we provide all our data to the brands through the connectivity services of the information and entertainment platforms. The new generation of cars already has advanced artificial intelligence technology, allowing the car to learn about our tastes and preferences.

The synchronization of data between the mobile phone and the car allows this data exchange, and to know everything about us. We do it voluntarily. This is the big data protection issue that is now being presented to the German Government to finalize the autonomous driving law that it intends to pass in early summer. A study by the consulting firm Dekra has revealed that 88% of the 1007 German drivers questioned prefer to keep control of their personal data, although 46% understand that it is incongruous to provide the data to some yes and not others.

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It is not the same to provide personal data to a service provider than to the administration

Even nothing less than 72% do not want any company, or the administration itself, to know their data or their preferences personal, and 36% are particularly concerned about being spied on their data. The big problem facing German legislators is that people are the owners of our information and, indeed, we decide the treatment of our data, we provide them to whoever we want and always being aware of the consequences that can be generated.

The question is precisely this. Why yes to car brands, among other companies, and not to the administration? The current data protection law assumes that the owner cannot be forced to provide their information. However, some German scholars understand that the transmission of data to the government can be forced if it is for the pursuit of a common good as is autonomous driving. The German government has no choice but to find a formula that does not oblige. or consider “hijacking” data from drivers, because they will continue to retain ownership.

Of course, the door of the brands is closed, they will not collaborate in any way, your customer data is sacred and invaluable as it is priceless. The only thing missing was for a brand to face a lawsuit for transferring its data without authorization.

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