Public Knowledge needs your support! Car companies are planning to deploy Dedicated Short-Range Communication (DSRC) technology in new cars without the requisite cybersecurity and privacy protections in place. Before car companies place these units into the cars of millions of Americans, the Commission needs to hear from privacy advocates on how to best protect consumer’s privacy.
Unfortunately, the Commission has not considered the implications of DSRC either for privacy or cybersecurity. The ability of DSRC units to monitor and report detailed personal information about location and driving habits of individuals raise enormous concerns for personal privacy. When coupled with storage of financial information and purchasing information through future mobile payment applications, or the use of DSRC streaming capability for delivering advertising or entertainment, the substantial risk DSRC creates to personal privacy grows exponentially.
Please join us via conference call this Thursday for a briefing on a petition that we filed with the Federal Communications Commission, asking the Commission to prohibit use of DSRC until it adopts service rules protecting the cybersecurity and privacy of DSRC users. Comments on this petition are due August 24th, so we’re holding a high level briefing that will cover what DSRC is and why its important to the privacy community.
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