Tag Archives: Data Privacy

Navigating Connected Cars in 2017: Data Protection

It’s a fact: today’s marketplace has given connected cars the green light. As an OEM or supplier accelerating to create products to meet industry demand, what challenges can you anticipate in 2017? Here is the second installment (following up our post on IP Protection) describing where we believe your attention should be focused during the … Continue reading this entry

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

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 … Continue reading this entry

DOT Issues Scathing Internal Report of NHTSA’s Defect Investigation Processes

What’s Next for Conflict Minerals Rules After D.C. Circuit Decision?
In the wake of GM’s ignition-switch, the Secretary of Transportation, Anthony R. Foxx, directed an investigation into NHTSA’s defect investigation policies and procedures. Specifically, Secretary Foxx requested that the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) assess NHTSA’s Office of Defects Investigation’s (ODI) procedures for (1) collecting vehicle safety data, (2) analyzing … Continue reading this entry

Car Hacking Concerns Re-enter the News

Car hacking has been a big topic in the automotive world in recent years. Foley & Lardner previously addressed this issue and security breaches in blog posts and a white paper entitled “Taking Control of Cybersecurity: A Practical Guide for Officers and Directors.” Following on the heels of Senator Ed Markey’s report released in February, the House … Continue reading this entry

Yesterday’s Car Buff Is Today’s Hacker

If you need any evidence that modern vehicles are becoming more computer than car, look no further than this month’s over-the-air update from Tesla Motors pushed out to all of its Model S sedans. Like the latest iOS from Apple or a Security Update from Microsoft, a car manufacturer has the ability to remotely and automatically … Continue reading this entry

The Auto Industry: The Next “Big” Target for Hackers?

Given the exponential rise in security breaches and hacking activity in past few years and the almost constant headlines in the press of yet another major security breach, information security should be a front burner issue for every business. While the auto industry has, for the most part, avoided being a primary target for hackers in … Continue reading this entry

The Internet of Things – Lessons for the Automotive Industry

The Internet of Things (IoT) is coming and perhaps the first place we will see the proverbial rubber hit the road is with something near and dear to Americans – our cars. The ever increasing connectivity of cars is creating a multitude of new security concerns and legal issues. On February 9, 2015, U.S. Senator … Continue reading this entry

Three Key Labor and Employment Issues Facing Automotive Suppliers in 2015

While employees are an integral part of the manufacturing process, employment related issues will continue to face automotive suppliers in 2015 including: The NLRB coming to non-union facilities; Dealing with accommodations under the ADA; and Protected confidential and proprietary information.   With many of its recent decisions and actions, the NLRB has made protecting employees’ Section … Continue reading this entry

What Are the Barriers to Autonomous Vehicles? The Answers May Surprise You…

Foley hosted Drive Forward: The Future of Telematics on January 14 and undoubtedly, our speakers agreed – the connected car is here to stay with technology rapidly advancing towards the integration of autonomous vehicles. Speakers provided supplier, OEM and legal perspectives on the technologies and challenges associated with the increased interconnectivity of vehicles.… Continue reading this entry

Before Driverless Cars, Questions

Drive Forward: The Future of Telematics
Although it is unclear when autonomous vehicles will be hitting the roads, what is clear is that this technology is coming. Automakers to suppliers to lawmakers to insurers will want to carefully consider the following issues and their legal implications before consumers take this technology for a spin. Telematics Data Privacy and Security Telematics systems … Continue reading this entry

When Employees Work From Home, They Bring Your Company's Employment Law Obligations Along With Them

Several months ago Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer announced that the company would discontinue its telecommuting program. This announcement unleashed a firestorm of debate over the merits and disadvantages of allowing employees to work from home. While that public debate appears to have calmed down for the moment, technological advances are making it easier and easier for … Continue reading this entry