Autonomous and connected vehicles—data protection and privacy issues
Produced in partnership with Shoosmiths
Autonomous and connected vehicles—data protection and privacy issues

The following TMT practice note Produced in partnership with Shoosmiths provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Autonomous and connected vehicles—data protection and privacy issues
  • The technology
  • Declaration of Amsterdam
  • Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS)
  • The C-ITS Platform
  • Data protection implications
  • Article 29 Working Party Opinion
  • General Data Protection Regulation
  • CAVs and personal data
  • Controllers and processors
  • More...

IP COMPLETION DAY: 11pm (GMT) on 31 December 2020 marks the end of the Brexit transition/implementation period entered into following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. At this point in time (referred to in UK law as ‘IP completion day’), key transitional arrangements come to an end and significant changes begin to take effect across the UK’s legal regime. This document contains guidance on subjects impacted by these changes. Before continuing your research, see Practice Note: What does IP completion day mean for TMT?

This Practice Note considers the following data protection, privacy and security issues arising in connection with the use of autonomous and connected vehicle technology:

  1. The technology

  2. Declaration of Amsterdam

  3. Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS)

  4. General Data Protection Regulation

  5. Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations 2003

  6. ePrivacy Regulation

  7. Cybersecurity

  8. eCall

  9. Practical issues

For more information about other key legal issues arising in connection with this technology, see Practice Notes: Autonomous vehicles—key legal issues and Autonomous vehicles and insurance, and for a summary of key dates and information, see: Autonomous vehicles—timeline.

See also Precedent: Autonomous vehicles—training materials.

The technology

Modern vehicles already feature a range of external communications systems such as satellite navigation, in-car entertainment and emergency assistance. The development of autonomous vehicles over the next decade is likely to broaden the extent of these systems and vastly increase the amount of data being generated and processed. Vehicles

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