Securing the Connected Car

On Monday 9 May 2016, Charlie Wedin and Tom Sharpe spoke at Tech UK’s event “Securing the Connected Car“.

Chaired by Dan Byles (Chairman, SmarterUK) the event, held at Tech UK’s offices in London, focussed on the emerging cyber security threats faced by connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs) and assessed the principles needed to ensure that cyber security within CAVs is embedded by design.

Much of the functionality being developed around connected and autonomous vehicles will involve harvesting and processing large amounts of data which presents many interesting data protection and privacy challenges, but also potentially leads to cyber security issues and exposure to cyber-attacks.

Charlie and Tom provided the legal view, speaking in particular about data privacy concerns and also the liability issues that may flow from a cyber-security incident effecting CAVs.  They discussed:

  • how the borderless nature of data and the need for vehicle-to-network (V2N) and vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) connectivity will impact on data protection compliance;
  • upcoming legislative changes (including the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and Network and Information Security Directive (NIS Directive)) and how these may affect compliance requirements;
  • how the liability landscape is potentially shifting from driver to manufacturer as vehicles become ever more autonomous; and
  • guidance and regulation that is on the horizon, including the Declaration of Amsterdam which (amongst other things) calls for a coherent European Framework for the deployment of interoperable connected and automated driving, which should be available by 2019 – see more here.

The event finished with an engaging and free flowing discussion around the practical and legal challenges presented in introducing autonomous cars on to our roads.

Other speakers at the event included: Iain Macbeth (Transport for London), Mike Westmacott (Thales Cyber and Consulting Services) and Andrew Faiola (Intelsat).

The data privacy and cyber challenges presented by connected and autonomous cars will be discussed further in Osborne Clarke’s upcoming blog series – please subscribe here.

Contacts: Charlie Wedin and Tom Sharpe

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