In a column for The Hill, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation Research Analyst Alan McQuinn argues that benefits of connected cars will outweigh the privacy concerns expressed by privacy advocates. "While it is certainly important to address legitimate privacy concerns, policymakers should not let hypothetical fears drive the conversation in ways that unnecessarily limit commercial uses of vehicle data," he writes. As an example, he cites fears around geolocation and its high potential for harm. "Advocates cite these concerns as a pretext for strict location privacy laws," but, he argues, "such rules would have detrimental effects on a wide range of services that use geolocation data," from real-time traffic alerts to auto financing.
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