The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) took effect January 1st, 2020. Jamie Court of Consumer Watchdog stresses the importance of the act and its value as a deterrent for companies who profit from the sale of consumer data.
Senator Markey urges NHTSA to protect consumers from the cybersecurity risks posed by internet-connected cars referencing Consumer Watchdog's Kill Switch report.
"Automakers have acknowledged the dangers of interconnected cars to their investors and shareholders but they have not disclosed those same cyber risks to the public at large," said Senator Markey citing the Kill Switch report.
The Kill Switch report from Consumer Watchdog says cars with internet connectivity are vulnerable to hacking and outside interference with crucial systems including brakes and steering. A 50 cent kill switch could address the problem and sever the car's essential safety systems from the internet. "The security in these cars is no better than a smart phone," says Consumer Watchdog President Jamie Court, "and that's not good enough. The danger is these connections can be hacked and when the connection can be hacked, the car can be hacked and someone can take control of the car."
Some mobile phone carriers have been limiting or slowing consumers cell phone data despite them having unlimited data plans. Consumer Watchdog President Jamie Court says consumers have to make an informed decision before signing off on a plan and to know where the throttling limit is or go to another carrier.
With online search results affecting everything from jobs to relationships, more people are pushing to have a say in shaping their digital narratives - and that includes "the right to be forgotten." But critics say delisting information online is censorship, and it’s not in the public interest to rewrite history.
In Europe, citizens have the right to be forgotten. In the United States, where free speech is enshrined into the Constitution, the debate has grown even fiercer. Technology companies meanwhile continue to be inundated with a growing number of requests, which take time and money to review. Google for example has fielded more than 845,000 requests for 3.3 million link removals in the past five years. As the numbers grow, so do concerns about who should decide what gets "forgotten." In this episode we ask, should people in the US have the right to be forgotten online?" (Al Jazeera English)
Car suppliers – like Harman International – and major automakers are spending more than they ever have on securing vehicles. But a Consumer Watchdog study says safety concerns related to connected cars are only increasing. Others in the auto industry say those fears may be overblown.
United States Senators Ed Markey and Richard Blumenthal have written to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to ask if carmakers have reported the cybersecurity vulnerabilities in their Internet-connected cars and what steps NHTSA is taking to address the problem.
The senators called for the answers from the America’s top car safety regulator in response to Consumer Watchdog’s recent report, “Kill Switch: How Connected Cars Can Be Killing Machines and How to Turn Them Off.” The report, prepared with the help of car industry technologists, found that all the top 2020 cars have Internet connections to safety critical systems that leave them vulnerable to fleet wide hacks.