It's your data, help keep it that way.
Massachusetts voters will be asked to respond to a ballot question in November 2020 that risks placing personal data in the hands of hackers, criminals and an unlimited number of strangers. At its core, it would allow remote access to driving data systems exposing sensitive, personal data in real-time.
The Coalition for Safe and Secure Data was formed to stop the misinformation campaign being waged by lobbyists and their national political funders who are determined to undermine existing laws and protections.
Complex data requires complex security. Your car has more than 150 million lines of code that must be properly protected. For comparison, a Boeing 787 has 6.5 million lines of code. On an annual basis, automakers stop countless attempts by criminals trying to access your personal data.
Automakers invest millions of dollars per year to safely store driving data and protect against hacking attempts. Unlike the lobbyists pushing this ballot question, automakers are focused on protecting the privacy of drivers and operate under a shared set of privacy principles that are legally enforceable by the Federal Trade Commission.
In stark contrast to the automaker’s focus on protecting drivers, the lobbyists who wrote the Massachusetts ballot question did not include any cybersecurity or data protections – in fact, the question never even mentions privacy.
Without clear cybersecurity and safety procedures, countless strangers, hackers and criminals will be able to access your driving data if this ballot question passes.
Cybersecurity groups are joining the growing list of opponents to this ballot question, because the more people who have access to your data, the more likely it is to be misused.