Self-driving Cars: How to Deal with Privacy
Big data is a focus area for many industries and the auto industry is no exception. However, with the advent of self-driving cars the auto industry will not only be a consumer of data but also a major generator of data. A single self-driving car could generate as much as 100GB of data every second. Data--great for companies, great for convenience, great for consumer experiences-- but not so great for privacy. Privacy concerns on the part of consumer have greatly increased in recent years with the growth of social media, internet and data hacks. Self-driving cars will amplify concerns and consumers and regulators realize how much data and personal information these vehicles will generate, use and record about users and the surrounding environment. Self-driving cars will be a veritable fleet of data factories. Such mobile surveillance will mean that privacy will be compromised everywhere. This article will consider why massive amounts of data will be generated by self-driving cars; legal challenges that privacy poses for self-driving cars; current practice in leading jurisdictions; and legal implications on privacy under Chinese legal regime.