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“Cars of the Future” Raise Privacy Concerns

CONSUMER PRIVACY—U.S.

January 4, 2013

New technology aimed at allowing vehicles to communicate with one another to increase driver safety is raising privacy concerns, COMPUTERWORLD reports. Digital short-range communications let vehicles receive data from each other within 1,247 feet (380 meters) to warn of hazards unseen by the driver. However, some fear the technology would also create privacy invasions such as geo-targeting by retailers and being ticketed by law enforcement. One expert was contacted “to identify aspects of the technology that would pose threats to users’ privacy.” She said, “For this program to be successful, it must be accepted by the public since the benefits are derived from others’ broadcasts.”
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