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Smart Car Data Perks Third Parties’ Ears

PRIVACY—U.S.

March 6, 2013

The Washington Post reports on the future of cars, which will “soon be so linked into wireless networks they will be like giant rolling smartphones.” While cars have long had the ability to gather data for safety and performance monitoring, the ability to connect to networks may allow third parties—including law enforcement—to access the data, with few U.S. laws to regulate its use, the report states. ABI Research predicts more than 60 percent of vehicles will have Internet connectivity by 2017. “The cars produce literally hundreds of megabytes of data each second,” said one expert, adding, "the technology is advancing so much faster than legislation or business models are keeping up.”
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