Connected Vehicles Raise Cybersecurity Concerns

Connected Vehicles & Cybersecurity

Connecting vehicles to the Internet is no longer a far-fetched, futuristic idea. Once seen as an exclusively luxury item, most mainstream car brands now offer vehicle models with connected technology and other autonomous driving features. 

Connected vehicles offer a number of personalized features that once seemed too high-tech to be possible. From Tesla to Toyota, Internet-enabled vehicles have quickly become a popular commodity, particularly amongst Millennial drivers. In fact, experts predict that most, if not all, vehicles will be connected to the Internet by 2035. 
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Why Are Companies Changing Their Privacy Policies?

Not Your Average Email Communication 

It’s not uncommon to receive emails from a company, especially if you are a frequent customer or client. But when multiple businesses inform you of privacy policy changes at the same time, it can often mean something bigger is happening behind-the-scenes. 

The European Union (EU) made recent changes to its data privacy regulations (the General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR) that went into effect on May 25, 2018. These regulations mandate that companies clearly communicate how and why they are collecting consumer data. 

While these regulations directly impact European businesses and consumers, they are still relevant to those of us in the U.S. that utilize international services such as social media, smartphone apps and more. Let’s walk through some common questions about these new data regulations, and what they mean for Americans. 

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Connected Technology & The Future of Your Data

Facebook’s recent data scandal with Cambridge Analytica highlights just how much can be collected without your knowledge via third-party apps. The data scandal has been tied to a paid online survey from 2014, requiring participants to download and connect an app to their Facebook pages before receiving payment. It ultimately begs the question: is it possible to use data-driven, connected technology without putting our identities at risk? 

The Age of Technology 

Welcome to the Age of Technology, a world that gives us anything we need with only a few swipes and clicks. As connected technology only continues to grow, it’s safe to say that it will eventually play a role in most – if not all – areas of life. 

In 2017, Cisco predicted that North Americans would have an average of 13 networked devices or connections – per person. It’s now more important than ever to understand what “connected” really means, and how your data plays a role in your day-to-day connections. 

If connecting is a normal part of your day, it’s time we had “The Talk.” As we continue connecting to more networks, devices, friends and cloud storage, it’s imperative we discuss the relationship you have with your data, as well as technology’s role within it.   Continue reading