22 Sep DoT Secretary Reduces Privacy to a Footnote, Says It is FTC’s Job
Elaine Chao, the Department of Transportation Secretary in the United States recently introduced updated guidelines for autonomous driving that relegated self-driving vehicles’ privacy problems to footnotes.
Chao mentions in the guidelines that their department does not specialize in privacy and it must be left to the Federal Trade Commission. The initial guidelines were launched by the previous administration in 2016, emphasized that privacy is one of the key areas automakers need to address.
The move has attracted criticism from privacy and consumer activists who believe that the shift will leave consumers and their data vulnerable.