What does your machine know about you – POLITICS

With the help of Derek Robertson

Cars are collecting more data than ever, fueling a new type of data broker. While car safety is heavily regulated, car data is not. And privacy advocates are concerned that connected cars could catch lawmakers off guard, just as happened with unregulated smartphone data collection.

Cars are capable of collecting data about almost every aspect of driving, from road conditions to you gained weight since the last time you were driving. If you connect your phone to the car’s Bluetooth system, it will also able to know your contacts.

And while much of the data that cars collect relates to the vehicle itself, such as engine temperature or tire pressure, there is a growing market for more personal data about the driver, such as the name and location of the driver, driven by industries such as insurance, marketing and car repair.

“Apps that use anonymous data have significant potential, but applications that use personal data have much greater market potential,” said Frédéric Bruneteau, managing director of Ptolemus Consulting Group, a connected mobility strategy firm. “The need to have effective consent management is critical.”

Vehicle location data is some of the most valuable that automakers can collect, and the data brokers who receive this information claim to be much more accurate and voluminous than phone data. on marketing materials.

It’s also harder for consumers to opt out of sharing their location data from a car, according to privacy advocates. While you can deny permissions for a mobile app that wants to know your location, doing the same for a car could mean no mapping services or emergency roadside assistance.

While only about half of all new cars sold today have an internet connection, McKinsey estimates that by 2030, about 95 percent of new cars will be connected. This flow of data collection has spawned a new industry of data brokers called vehicle data hubswhich specializes in collecting and selling vehicle data to clients such as insurance companies, urban planners and advertisers.

Automakers are considering using this technology to display ads on dashboards when they drive past certain billboardsand vehicle data brokers already offer the use of vehicle data for adjusting insurance rates. Privacy advocates fear that if all these systems are put in place before regulations are reined in, it will be much harder for lawmakers to protect people’s information.

Therefore, lawmakers are rushing to set rules for car data.

In the US, there are laws regarding the privacy of vehicle data, such as Driver Privacy Actwhich was adopted in 2015. The law establishes that any data collected in the vehicle event data recorder, a kind of black box designed to diagnose faults and accidents, belongs to the vehicle owner and requires consent or a warrant for this data. for use by third parties.

But with vehicles connected, EDR only accounts for a small amount of data collected. Since 2015, no federal law has been enacted to protect driver privacy, giving automakers the ability to collect and sell drivers’ location data after they have opted for services like GPS and roadside assistance.

“We believe it is high time to update the Driver Privacy Act,” said Andrea Amico, founder of Privacy4Cars, a privacy technology company specializing in cars. Amico warns that infotainment systems collect as much data as EDRs and can be retrieved without a warrant.

Industry groups are also trying to relax privacy rules.

In June 2020 Automotive Innovation Alliance gave advice on privacy practices to the Uniform Law Commission. In the letter, the industry group recommended changing the definition of “personal data” to exclude “pseudo-named data” from which names have been removed. Although data brokers use There is a lot of such data, it is often relatively easy to “deanonymize” it and figure out which pseudonym corresponds to which real person.

While Congress hasn’t passed new legislation, especially on cars, legislators are pushing for broader data privacy bill which covers a wide range of data, no matter what device collects it. The bill was passed by committee on July 20, but is unlikely to become law without the support of Senate Commerce Committee Chair Mary Cantwell, Washington. In particular, it is required that car manufacturers obtain “confirming express consent” for the collection of data for certain purposes.

Without such regulation, automakers are free to request access to data for life-saving purposes such as emergency roadside assistance and also use the same data for profit.

“The problem is, once you agree to this, consumers don’t realize that you are also agreeing to the same data, your per-second geolocation data, your medical profile, everything related to the car, is available for essentially any other purpose.” Amiko said.

This strategy comes from the same strategy that mobile apps have been using for years: when a user gives data permissions to make an app work, it can open the door for an entire ecosystem of data brokers to exchange your information back and forth. This show data from muslim prayer appswhich needed location data to guide people towards Mecca, ended up in the hands of the US military.

As Amiko says, “Many of us have a romantic notion that cars are a place of anonymity and freedom. It’s time for Congress to realize that this is no longer the case.”

Recently, stablecoins have been under scrutiny. with the Federal Reserve stepping up its oversight amid some extremes high-profile accidents.

But one stablecoin provider is actively trying to get attention – Circle, the Boston company whose obscure “US Dollar Coin” built second largest stablecoin market capitalization after Teter. AT interview published today Along with Peter O’Brien and Bjarke Smith-Meyer of POLITICO for Pro Subscribers, the company’s chief strategy officer Dante Disparte said he was “eyeing the third place after bitcoin and ether” in the cryptocurrency market.

Stablecoins peg their value to the US dollar, backing it with traditional currency, US Treasury securities, or commodities. This makes withdrawals easier and provides a more stable investment, but as with non-cryptocurrency securities, their underlying assets are still vulnerable to volatile weather.

This is what Disparte touts as an advantage to USDC: while touting it as an establishment-friendly stablecoin, he told Peter and Bjarka that “many, if not all, of the current generation of so-called stablecoins can’t even come close to [its] level of trust, transparency, regulatory certainty”. Tether, for its part, countered, saying that Circle’s “unprofitable business model” makes the bet risky. — Derek Robertson

Last week we bustled taking over the world of VRChat, one of the most popular fully 3D virtual reality based virtual worlds.

The film, released on streaming service HBO on Wednesday, provides a personal snapshot of the status quo its most dedicated users are trying to defend.We met in virtual reality”, a feature-length documentary filmed entirely inside the game itself. The film’s director, Joe Hunting, follows some of the game’s most dedicated users as they dance, celebrate holidays, experience real-world trauma, and even “get married” in the game’s hyperkinetic, daytime anime styles.

AT Interview with the GameRant website, in addition to joking that he is “one of the few documentary filmmakers to shoot his film entirely in his pajamas,” Hunting described how the film was inspired by the Covid-19 pandemic and the accompanying transfer of social and emotional life into the digital space.

He also makes the argument that the most common misconception about VR users is that they spend too much time there at the expense of their daily lives. Among lots of evidence that the use of VR has increased significantly during the pandemic, Hunting’s snapshot may be a brief overview of the virtual intricacies that may soon be alongside our analog ones. — Derek Robertson

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