SOUTHERN PINES, N.C., Feb. 14, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- A nonpartisan coalition comprised of nineteen (19) privacy, consumer rights, civil liberties, and technology organizations joined the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), a public interest research center in Washington, D.C., in issuing docket submissions to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
These "Privacy Commentators" asked NHTSA to assure that automakers "require security standards to maintain the integrity of event data recorder (EDR) data" in the proposed EDR rulemaking that mandates, beginning September 1, 2014, that all new passenger cars and light trucks shall have EDRs. EDRs are commonly called automotive black boxes and already embedded in 92% of new vehicles. Most vehicle owners and motorist are unaware they exist or how they function. Although designed to enhance vehicle and highway safety they record detailed information about drivers, which can be made available to insurance companies, the police, and others.
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the world's largest professional association for the advancement of technology, and sponsor of EDR global standards also recommended connector lockouts to safeguard the security, integrity and authenticity of crash data.
Additionally, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), a San Francisco based nonprofit, member-supported civil liberties organization submitted these comments:
"The NHTSA accepts that the vehicle owner has a privacy interest in the data collected by the EDR. The NHTSA's proposed rules, however, do nothing to ensure the security of the data collected. In order to ensure that the owner's privacy interests are protected, the NHTSA should require that manufacturers implement a physical measure, such as a connector lockout apparatus, to restrict access to EDR data. The NHTSA should at least require the ability to allow the owner to lock and unlock the connector at the owner's sole option. Doing so would allow the owner control over access to the EDR, and thereby codify the existing NHTSA policy that EDR data is property of the vehicle owner."
AIRMIKA,™ Inc. of Southern Pines, North Carolina has the solution. The AUTOcyb™ is the world's first and only automotive cyber security lock. This vehicle connector lockout is U.S. patented and globally standardized as IEEE-1616a. It is designed for post-1996 light vehicles (cars and light trucks) that contain a Diagnostic Link Connector (DLC). It attaches to the vehicle's DLC located under the dash and can be removed for vehicle maintenance, inspection, or emissions testing. This connector lockout gives the reassurance of knowing that you have control of crash data access. The black box / EDR will still work exactly as it is designed to. You determine when and who sees the data (within state law) and thus, control how it is used.
You cannot turn-off, disable, or remove your vehicle's EDR / Black Box. However, if you want to control physical access to the vehicle's connector download port then the AUTOcyb™ - automotive cyber security lock is your safeguard solution against cyberattacks, tampering and misuse of electronic data. You hold the key, not automakers, law enforcement agencies or insurance companies. Since Congress and federal regulators failed to provide vehicle owner's and motorist's essential consumer protection, YOU need to protect your freedom to travel safely.
ABOUT US: AIRMIKA, INC., located in Southern Pines, North Carolina has 15 years of high-level national and international experience with EDR standardization, regulation and legislation. Our focus is providing cyber security to in-vehicle electronics networks.
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