Privacy Shield Rejected, GDPR Approved - What This Means to Automotive Organizations

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The European Union Article 29 Working Party (Article 29) issued an opinion on the proposed EU-U.S. Privacy Shield framework agreement (Privacy Shield) earlier this month, stating that although the Privacy Shield was a “great step forward,” the Article 29 group identified several areas in which it found the Privacy Shield to be unacceptable, including that it permits the U.S. to carry out “massive and indiscriminate” bulk surveillance of European Union citizens. On the other hand, just a day later on April 14, 2016, European Parliament provided final approval for the new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), after four years of work between the member states. Continue reading this entry

Michigan Law’s Autonomous Vehicles Conference: Legal and Regulatory Hurdles to Deployment

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Earlier this month, I attended a conference at the University of Michigan Law School: Autonomous Vehicles: Legal and Regulatory Hurdles to Deployment. It was a good excuse to go embrace all of the nostalgia that comes from visiting your alma mater.  More important, the conference provided an interesting, informative, and exceedingly cordial discussion of the legal and regulatory issues presented by the emergence of automated vehicle technology. Continue reading this entry

U.S. Manufacturing Continues as World Leader

Suppliers Positive, Again, per OESA Survey

The latest Research Briefing from Oxford Economics claims that the U.S. manufacturing sector is “the most competitive worldwide.” Pretty strong statement there. Reading the news (or here, or here, or here, etc.), one would find it hard to believe, so let’s dive deeper. Continue reading this entry

The President Agrees: Cybersecurity Must Include Your Car

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For those of us who watch the automotive industry, the most interesting name on the list of appointees to President Barack Obama’s Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity was Joe Sullivan. Why Mr. Sullivan? Because he is the Chief Security Officer at Uber. He is the only proposed member connected to the automotive industry. Continue reading this entry

International Monetary Fund’s Forecast for Global Economy Cools

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Even as experts are signaling caution in their outlook for the automotive sector, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is lowering its forecast of economic growth for this year.

In its April 2016 report, the IMF reduced its January 2016 projection of global economic growth from 3.4% to 3.2%, citing a variety of risk factors that the IMF sees as becoming more likely, such as: Continue reading this entry