Driven to the point of no pri­vacy

The Washington Post Sunday - - SUNDAY OPINION -

The July 23 front-page ar­ti­cle “Hacks on the high­way” cor­rectly char­ac­ter­ized the “In­ter­net of Things” and the In­ter­net world as “border­less, law­less” and “in­se­cure.” The ar­ti­cle quoted a Tufts Univer­sity pro­fes­sor and com­puter science se­cu­rity re­searcher, Kath­leen Fisher, as say­ing “Now that we know it’s go­ing to hap­pen, can’t we do some­thing dif­fer­ent?” Yes: Just say no to the race for con­nected cars. As jus­ti­fi­ca­tion, I rely on for­mer Supreme Court jus­tice Louis Bran­deis, who dis­cussed “the right to be let alone” in 1890.

Ge­orge F. Steeg, Po­tomac Falls

Con­sumers de­mand and de­serve the con­fi­dence of know­ing their ve­hi­cles are se­cure against out­side threats. As au­tomak­ers pur­sue con­nected-car and re­lated crash-avoid­ance in­no­va­tions that could save thou­sands of lives an­nu­ally on U.S. roads, we rec­og­nize cy­ber­se­cu­rity is a key el­e­ment in build­ing trust in these emerg­ing tech­nolo­gies.

Auto com­pa­nies are pi­o­neer­ing ad­vanced prod­ucts and sys­tems to pro­tect the in­tegrity and safety of con­nected ve­hi­cles. The auto in­dus­try is launch­ing an automotive in­for­ma­tion-shar­ing and anal­y­sis cen­ter to share se­cure and trusted in­tel­li­gence re­lated to po­ten­tial cy­berthreats. We are work­ing with fed­eral safety reg­u­la­tors, se­cu­rity of­fi­cials and out­side ex­perts to en­sure a con­sis­tent, ef­fec­tive and evolv­ing ap­proach to ve­hi­cle cy­ber­se­cu­rity.

With­out ques­tion, con­nected ve­hi­cles will save lives, im­prove ef­fi­ciency and en­hance con­ve­nience. Au­tomak­ers are com­mit­ted to min­i­miz­ing down­sides to these ad­vances, and we are act­ing in­di­vid­u­ally and in uni­son to keep mo­torists safe and se­cure to­day and to­mor­row.

John Bozzella, Washington The writer is pres­i­dent and chief ex­ec­u­tive of Global Au­tomak­ers, an automotive in­dus­try trade group.

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