Serious Privacy Risks Lie in the Path of Vehicle Automation

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has proposed a new standard – a Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) – that details the messaging formats for communications between vehicles for future vehicle automation. While we raise concerns here, make no mistake: increased automation of land vehicles like cars and trucks holds great promise, from drastically reducing injuries and deaths in accidents to streamlining traffic in order to route vehicles in the most efficient ways possible. To do this, our vehicles will be increasingly talking to each other and to other infrastructure on the road such as traffic signals, signage, and lane boundaries in order to keep us safe. At the same time, in the race towards promising applications, we need to be careful that we don’t introduce features that may reduce the trust and freedom we have in our vehicles.

Consumer Reports Rates Privacy and Security

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Jason Snell:

There are only two reasons why the makers of Internet-connected devices would change their ways and take customer privacy and security seriously. One would be government regulations, and at least in the United States that seems unlikely in the near future. The other is the realization that security and privacy are features that customers care about, and that if they don’t take them seriously, their sales will suffer. Consumer Reports taking this seriously—and publicizing when companies fail these tests—could be an important step along the way.

Consumer Reports to Begin Evaluating Products, Services for Privacy and Data Security

Hello Again: Mac Thoughts (Part 4)

In regard to software, there are several kinds of applications that I need, and I have been happy to see increasingly good Linux counterparts available. In the next parts of this series, I am going to briefly cover some of the best ones I have found.

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Injustice at the Border: How to Protect Your Data (Part 2)

Since I wrote the first part of this series, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has released a superlative guide on digital privacy at the U.S. Border. They have done things like this before, but since the legal context around these issues is somewhat labile, it is important to make sure you are getting up-to-date information.

Before I move on to my own technical solution for moving across borders, I think it is beneficial to review the EFF's Guide. Their post about this guide can be found here. It is broken up into 3 parts:

  1. Digital Privacy Guide for Travelers
  2. Constitutional Rights, Government Policies, and Privacy at the Border
  3. The Technology of Privacy Protection

Here, I am going to focus on the first 2 parts, and the last part of this series will basically be my take on part 3 of their guide.

Much of the information presented will be useful to any traveler, but I am writing this from the perspective of a deeply concerned U.S. citizen, and will correspondingly focus on aspects that affect this cohort.

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Think Like CDT: How to Protect Your Privacy

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Taking control of our personal data is often easier said than done. It can be overwhelming to think about how much data we generate each day, whether at work or just living our lives, and sharing some of this information is a non-negotiable part of modern life. Attempting to stop, let alone control this process, can feel daunting or hopeless, even for people in the privacy weeds.

It is a fool’s errand to come up with a standard set of tips for how best to protect your privacy. Even among people working at CDT, we each care about our privacy in different ways and manage our digital lives quite differently as a result. But in the spirit of Data Privacy Day, the staff at CDT wanted to offer a list of ideas for where to start, based on what we personally do to protect our privacy.

Pretty good list.

Injustice at the Border: How to Protect Your Data (Part 1)

If you follow this site, you most likely know that a large part of the content focuses on privacy and security. About 2 years ago, I said what I had to say on these subjects. From then on, I decided to continue linking to those who remained vigilant in these areas.

However, current events compel me to speak up once more.

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