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Congress could finally do something about car hacking

Congress could finally do something about car hacking
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It seems like government is always two steps behind on cybersecurity. This week, we learned about a dangerous exploit that lets hackers take control of half a million vehicles. But it's far from the first real car hacking threat. We've known about the possibility forever.

Now, two senators are planning to introduce a comprehensive automotive hacking bill that seeks to protect the millions of Americans who own "smartcars," or vehicles with advanced computer systems built in.

“Drivers shouldn’t have to choose between being connected and being protected,” Sen. Ed Markey wrote in a statement he shared with Wired. “Controlled demonstrations show how frightening it would be to have a hacker take over controls of a car. We need clear rules of the road that protect cars from hackers and American families from data trackers.”

The bill is comprised of three important part. First, it will require the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to develop a strict security standard for smart cars.

This would include finding a way to separate important software systems from the car's main internal system, security testing and adding programs to detect any security breaches as they happen, not after.

Secondly, the bill would require the NHTSA and FTC to set additional privacy regulations that require car companies to tell customers how they collect data. The drivers would then have an option to opt out of the data collection system. This would further limit how car companies use data collected about their customers for advertising and marketing purposes.

And lastly, the purposed bill would make it mandatory for manufacturers to display window stickers on new cars that rank their security and privacy protection services. This would give consumers the information they need to make an educated purchase and know the potential risks before they occur.

The bill is still in development but it's expected to take the country by storm in the upcoming months. With all of the recent car hackings, I think this bill is genius. But what do you think about it?

Tell me by leaving a note in the comment section below.

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