WASHINGTON (Dec. 16, 2014) — Auto makers' formal pledge to protect the privacy of consumers is inadequate for that purpose, according to the Auto Care Association (ACA) and advocacy group Consumer Watchdog.
The Alliance of American Manufacturers (AAM) and the Association of Global Auto makers (AGA) recently issued their “Consumer Privacy Protection Principles.”
In that document, auto makers vowed to:
• Ensure their privacy practices are clear and transparent to consumers;
• Provide extra protection for the most sensitive types of consumer information, such as information about how and where they drive; and
• State clearly the limited circumstances under which they may share information with the government.
“Auto makers believe that strong consumer data privacy protections are essential to maintaining the trust of our consumers,” said Mitch Bainwol, AAM president and CEO. “Our Privacy Principles reflect a major step in protecting personal information collected in the vehicle.”