Council of the EU releases ePrivacy progress report

(May 21, 2019) The Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union has released a progress report on the proposed ePrivacy Regulation. The update includes the "state of play" in the council, including discussions in the Working Party on Telecommunications and Information Society and at the council on "concerns about the way the ePrivacy proposal would interact with new technologies," including machine-to-machine, internet-of-things and artificial intelligence technology. In turn, the presidency has in... Read More

Pittsburgh city council mulls smart-city data-sharing agreement

(May 17, 2019) Pittsburgh city council has tentatively approved a proposal that would allow two city departments to enter into agreements with “various entities” to receive data that furthers the city’s ability to deliver services to residents, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. The data includes traffic information from Waze and Uber that the city council says will help with infrastructure planning. The council's lone holdout, Councilwoman Deb Gross, says the legislation, as currently written, gives wide-op... Read More

How will Sidewalk Toronto deal with children's data?

(May 17, 2019) The Conversation reports on the privacy concerns with the Sidewalk Toronto smart-city project, particularly around the collection of minors’ data. As it is one of the first notable smart-city projects in development, Sidewalk Toronto may set a precedent for how children’s privacy is considered for future endeavors. While there are legal protections for children in Canada, there has been no reference to data belonging to minors in any public document related to the project, as well as how it will... Read More

World's first driverless truck premieres in Sweden

(May 16, 2019) The New York Post reports that the world’s first driverless truck made its inaugural freight delivery in Sweden this week. The truck, known as the T-Pod, uses a Nvidia Drive platform to help the operator process visual data in real time. The operator can control up to 10 vehicles at any given time. Right now, the T-Pod is limited to short trips between the warehouse and a terminal on a public industrial road and can only travel at speeds of up to five kilometers per hour. The T-Pod was created o... Read More

Smart tech in airplanes raises privacy concerns

(May 15, 2019) Smart technology will likely make its way onto airplanes over the next two years, and privacy concerns have already started to emerge, The Wall Street Journal reports. A trade show in Germany highlighted airplane interiors filled with smart technology, which may eventually be used to welcome passengers by name and list out their various preferences. “Initially it will be incremental improvement for passengers as they are assisted, and then it will become revolutionary,” said Joe Leader, chief ex... Read More

Op-ed: With in-cabin car sensors, maintaining privacy is important for all involved

(May 8, 2019) In an op-ed for the International Business Times, Guardian Optical Technologies CEO Gil Dotan writes that there are responsibilities for all parties as it relates to preserving privacy with in-cabin vehicle sensors. Dotan said the thought of in-cabin sensors "makes many drivers fear identity theft, or having personal data maliciously used against them." On the other hand, Dotan believes that automakers have driver fears in mind but sees necessary concessions to create trust. "Conserving user pri... Read More

UK crafting legislation to regulate IoT tech

(May 2, 2019) With internet-of-things technology on the rise, the U.K. is preparing legislation to make such products more secure, BBC News reports. The proposed laws introduced by U.K. Digital Minister Margot James would require IoT devices to come with unique passwords, clearly state the availability of security updates, and offer a public assistant to contact with cybersecurity concerns. The legislation follows a voluntary code of practice that was published in the U.K. last year for manufacturers. "Seriou... Read More

Sens. Thune, Markey call for overhaul of US drone tracking

(Apr 30, 2019) Multichannel News reports that U.S. Senate Communications Subcommittee Chairman Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., and Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., are pushing for the Federal Aviation Administration to publish a proposed rule that will inform the public on who is flying drones and where they are flying them. Drone sightings at Fenway Park in Boston and New Jersey's Newark Liberty Airport, which led to flights being halted, were pointed out in Thune and Markey's letter to Department of Transportation Secretar... Read More

NIST accepting comments on IoT draft document

(Apr 29, 2019) The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology and the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence announced they will accept comments on the draft “Securing Small-Business and Home Internet of Things (IoT) Devices: Mitigating Network-Based Attacks Using Manufacturer Usage Description (MUD)” document until June 24. The groups ask internet-of-things device manufacturers whether they have a better understanding to implement “manufacturer usage descriptions” into their products. Network eq... Read More

Car company offering cryptocurrency for driving data

(Apr 29, 2019) Jaguar Land Rover is asking drivers to use their personal data in exchange for cryptocurrency, Mashable reports. As part of a partnership with cryptocurrency company IOTA, Jaguar Land Rover will reward drivers with redeemable "credits" for consenting to the collection of data on road conditions to navigation providers or local authorities. "In the future an autonomous car could drive itself to a charging station, recharge and pay, while its owner could choose to participate in the sharing econom... Read More