NAFA Weighs in on Data Ownership and Privacy

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Release date: 1/2/2020

NAFA is one of 26 members of the U.S. Vehicle Data Coalition, which delivered a letter of intent to Sens. Maria Cantwell and Roger Wicker and Reps. Frank Pallone and Greg Walden on Aug. 23, 2019. The Association supports fleet ownership of data.

The letter reads:

"With respect to the feedback requested by congressional staff on policy matters to be addressed in a new bipartisan, bicameral autonomous vehicle bill, the Coalition’s focus is simple — the Coalition urges Congress to:

  1. Expand Section 24302 of the 2015 federal surface transportation/highway law (which confirmed vehicle owner’s rights to control data from a vehicle’s "electronic data recorder") to cover all data generated using a motor vehicle;
  2. Reaffirm a vehicle owner’s right to control and access this data;
  3. Mandate that such control and access be bidirectional and in real time with nonproprietary standardized language; and,
  4. Preserve competition, consumer protection, and privacy with respect to vehicle data access, including preserving competition in the aftermarket and replacement parts and service sectors of the economy."

The letter can be viewed at