Consumer Privacy and Autonomous Driving Guidelines

Fenwick intellectual property partner John McNelis spoke with CNN about the updated autonomous driving guidelines from the U.S. Department of Transportation, specifically the fact that consumer privacy issues were only briefly addressed.

The guidelines only referenced consumer privacy issues in footnotes, stating that the Federal Trade Commission ultimately needed to address those issues.

McNelis talked about the massive amounts of data—some of it sensitive information about passengers and pedestrians outside the car—that these vehicles will collect, which raises new privacy issues.

"If you're in an autonomous vehicle, any place you go is now known. I expect there will be cameras in these vehicles. What happens with that data?" McNelis said.

The full article is available through the CNN website.​


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