Driverless Cars – Mapping the Privacy Issues

The emergence of connected and autonomous vehicles raises numerous challenging legal questions, particularly in the area of data protection and cybersecurity. These issues were the focus of discussion at the 39th International Conference of Data Protection Commissioners in Hong Kong in September this year. Resolutions adopted at the conference acknowledge that while automated and connected vehicles offer significant benefits in terms of traffic efficiency, vehicle safety and consumer convenience, this new technology must operate within the existing data protection regime. In particular, in the European context it will be important to ensure that any developments take into account the principles enshrined in the General Data Protection Regulation (the “GDPR”), which will become applicable on 25 May 2018.

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