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Internet of Things

Connected Cars are Here. The Good News Is That Privacy Is Being Taken Seriously

Note from the Editor:

Joshua Harris will moderate the breakout session “From 0-60: Privacy and the New Generation of Connected Cars,” which will include insight from FordDirect General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer Beth Hill, CIPP/US, and Scheja und Partner, Bonn (Germany) External Data Protection Officer Boris Reibach, at the IAPP Global Privacy Summit in Washington, DC, this March.

The big news out of this year’s Consumer Electronics Show was the wide range of autos offering connected technologies, so-called “connected cars.” This latest introduction to the Internet of Things is already reshaping the auto industry. AAA recently estimated that one in five new cars sold this year will collect and transmit data outside the vehicle. According to one survey, cars may make up over five percent of connected devices by 2025.

The benefit of these technologies is hard to overstate.

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From the Wire

Tuning the Privacy/Customer Service Dial

By Jedidiah Bracy, CIPP/US, CIPP/E

Twitter handles can be valuable commodities, and no story better demonstrates that than one described by web developer Naoki Hiroshima. Originally published on his personal blog and then republished with permission by TheNextWeb, “How I lost my $50,000 Twitter username” describes the ordeal he went through when a hacker decided he wanted Hiroshima’s Twitter handle @N—registered to Hiroshima since 2007.

In a nutshell, a hacker decided he wanted @N and was going to do just about anything to get it—without paying any money, of course. To do so, according to the hacker himself (someone call “Ripley’s Believe It or Not”), he socially engineered his way into Hiroshima’s GoDaddy account, which controlled several of his website domains, in order to wrest control of @N from Hiroshima. Give up the Twitter handle and the hacker would take his hands off the throat of Hiroshima’s websites.

Extortion at its finest.

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