China to set assessment measures to regulate data sent abroad by cars

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BEIJING, Oct 11 (Businesshala) – China, the world’s biggest auto market, said on Monday it would implement assessment measures to regulate data sent abroad by vehicles, as the country ramps up efforts to protect data and privacy. advances.

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As cars become ‘smarter’ with more in-car entertainment, information and autonomous driving functions, automakers and tech companies are collecting more data from vehicles, raising privacy and security concerns.

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China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology did not provide details on how the assessment would be conducted. As per the existing rules, auto companies cannot export key vehicle data abroad unless they are approved by the regulators.

The ministry said the regulator will improve oversight of vehicle data security and encourage telecom companies to invest more in cyber security technologies.

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The move comes amid China’s push to ensure data security as the proliferation of smart cars such as Tesla’s (TSLA.O) electric vehicles, which sparks concern about national security, tightened policies around privacy. in line with its overarching purpose of hardening.

Beijing is concerned about the mountains of data collected by private firms and whether such information could be attacked or misused, especially by foreign states. It recently enacted a new data protection law and is strengthening surveillance in other related areas.

Reporting by Brenda Goh and Yili Sun; Editing by Subhranshu Sahu

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