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Connected car data should be treated as personal data, says FIA



Early results from a new study commissioned by FIA Region I states that most car data can be linked to a user and, therefore, should be treated as personal data.

The study examined how existing and upcoming EU legislation on data protection and liability could apply to vehicle data. It clearly dismisses the attempts to categorise data according to its technical or non-technical nature, as currently proposed by vehicle manufacturers. Data does not automatically lose relevance in terms of privacy because of its technical nature. For instance, technical information regarding a low oil gauge of a specific vehicle is linked to an identifiable customer, it directly relates to this person.

The General Data Protection Regulation, expected to enter into force from May 2018, introduces the concept of data portability, intended to allow users to transfer their personal data to a third party upon request. This provision was drafted to ensure competition. However, data protection legislation alone may not be sufficient to ensure competition as there remain concerns over the latency and quality of the data to be provided.

he study also explores whether liability obligations grant a right to access data to manufacturers. Neither the product liability Directive nor the produce safety Directive oblige manufacturers to permanently monitor data once the vehicles are on the road. If such processing of data was needed, it must be based on consumer consent. Data should also be equally shared with component manufacturers.

The initial findings from the study were presented as part of a European Commission workshop on access to data. The study was carried out by the legal consultancy Osborne Clarke in 2017. The full study will be published in the coming weeks.

Source: FIA


European Automotive Industry calls for open choice of eCall technology

A group of European automotive industry associations has released a joint position paper calling for open fair competition in the provision of in-car telematics units and services used for eCall. The lobbying group includes FIA, CLEPA and Insurance Europe.

The joint position paper says: “the undersigned associations welcome the European Commission’s eCall initiative and fully support the Europe-wide mandatory introduction of eCall by 2015 in all new type-approved cars and light commercial vehicles. This represents an important initiative to reduce fatalities and the severity of injuries on Europe’s roads.

The associations represent a wide range of stakeholders that are directly affected by the proposed legislation on eCall, such as motoring consumers, insurers and leasing companies and the entire aftermarket sector representing parts suppliers, parts wholesalers, and test equipment manufacturers as well as repairers.

The mandatory in-vehicle implementation of the eCall technology will bring about significant benefits for consumers in terms of safety and complementary convenience services. Importantly, the in-vehicle telematics system that supports the eCall function can also be used for supplementary services in the automotive aftermarket, such as breakdown assistance, remote diagnostics and monitoring of the data needed to provide predictive maintenance.

It must be ensured that this new technology respects the principles of fair competition and open choice for consumers and vehicle operators. Only by providing equal access to the same functionalities and to the same information in the same timescale, can one ensure that the benefits of this remote access are available to motoring consumers and independent operators. It must also be ensured that alternative, competitive
service options can be offered, enabling vehicle owners to connect their in-vehicle system to the service providers of their choice.

Third Party Services supported eCall (TPS eCall) should be considered as an additional optional service.

Consequently, the eCall functionality and the underlying in-vehicle system must be based on a standardised, interoperable, secure and open-access platform for possible future in-vehicle applications or services.

This principle has already been recognised by the European Parliament in its Own Initiative Report, which was adopted in July 2012. The right of non-discriminatory access to the eCall system for independent operators has also been included by the European Commission in its proposal from June 2013.

The undersigned associations call upon European and national legislators to provide EU Regulation that maintains equal opportunities and a level playing field by mandating an interoperable, secure, standardised and open-access platform for eCall and by proposing concrete provisions on how to implement this. This would ensure the right of equal access to equal information and the freedom of choice of competitive consumer products and services.”

Source: AIRC, CECRA, CLEPA, EGEA, FIA, FIGIEFA, Insurance Europe, Leaseurope