Expert: California Car Data Privacy Bill ‘Unworkable’

New California legislation aims to give car owners control over who gets to view data generated from their vehicles. But one expert thinks the bill is fundamentally flawed and potentially dangerous.
Fred Cate, privacy expert and law professor at Indiana University’s Maurer School of Law, called California Senate Bill 994 – the Consumer Vehicle Information Choice and Control Act – “completely unworkable in practice.” He noted that the bill requires a car manufacturer to provide the registered owner with “access from the motor vehicle to the vehicle information.” But while technologically possible to bring that data up on a console screen, Cate doesn’t think it’s realistic.