Driver Privacy Act passes out of Senate committee to full Senate

Driver Privacy Act passes out of Senate committee to full Senate

The Driver Privacy Act has passed unanimously out of the Senate Transportation Committee to the full Senate. The bill, sponsored by John Hoeven (R-ND) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), aims to protect the privacy of a driverês personal data.

The bill makes clear that the owner of a vehicle also owns any information collected by an Event Data Recorder (EDR). An EDR is an onboard electronic device that can continuously collect information about a vehicleês operation, such as direction, speed and seat belt usage.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that more than 96 percent of new 2013 car models are equipped with an EDR, but in December 2012 the agency proposed rules that would mandate the installation of EDRs in all light-duty vehicles. The proposal raised widespread questions and concerns about the ownership of the data. NHTSA has said it lacks the regulatory authority to address privacy concerns about EDR data. Senators Hoeven and Klobuchar wrote their bill in response.

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