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Consumer center calls for more control for users



Consumer center calls for more control for users

The Federation of German Consumer Organizations (vzbv) calls for users to have more control over the processing of their data collected by networked vehicles. Right now, people in the know in this field have data sovereignty that needs to end. Unfortunately, according to consumer advocates, officials have been discussing this to no avail for more than five years now. The final decisions of the European Commission have been postponed several times.

It is now said that a decision will be made in early summer 2023. The Federation of German Consumer Organizations (vzbv) demands that access to data be regulated in a fair and pro-competitive manner. We want a so-called “mobility data guardian” that would allow customers to view or decide in a kind of digital cockpit which data is transferred to whom.

The current situation is largely that drivers are unable to see and therefore know to whom their data is going and for what purposes it is being used. It is therefore not possible to make an informed decision as to whether or not you want to accept this. The goal: the consent to the processing of data by the manufacturer or to the transfer to third parties must be given as often as desired and revoked again.

There should therefore be a separation between the data custodian (vehicle access, data transmission) and the mobility data guardian (authorization). The vzbv also provided an expert opinion on this. Let’s see if consumer advocates will be heard with their concept.

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