The Department of Transportation has proposed a new set of rules requiring the auto industry to have technology allowing vehicles to share information with one another, according to Consumer Reports. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Administrator Mark Rosekind said the plans could reduce 80 percent of non-impaired crashes, but privacy advocates are concerned about the plans. “Vehicle-to-vehicle communications must be secure as Fort Knox," said Consumer Union Policy Analyst William Wallace. "Automakers must be required to meet baseline, enforceable standards to protect both privacy and security as they roll out this technology. Communications should be protected through strong encryption, and security measures should be seamlessly updated so that consumers don’t have to worry about getting into a crash because their car has been hacked." Sens. Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., are pressing the DOT to implement strong cybersecurity and privacy protections before the rules are implemented.
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