Aug 1, 2023

Ashkan Soltani and the CPPA Tackle Internet-Connected Cars Case

From The Washington Post

California privacy regulator’s first case: Probing internet-connected cars

By Joseph Menn

California’s newly empowered privacy regulators announced their first case Monday, a probe of the data practices of newer-generation cars that are often or always connected to the internet.

The California Privacy Protection Agency said its enforcement division would review manufacturer’s treatment of data collected from vehicles, including locations, smartphone connections and images from cameras...

“Modern vehicles are effectively connected computers on wheels. They’re able to collect a wealth of information via built-in apps, sensors, and cameras, which can monitor people both inside and near the vehicle,” Ashkan Soltani, CPPA’s executive director, said in a statement. “Our Enforcement Division is making inquiries into the connected vehicle space to understand how these companies are complying with California law when they collect and use consumers’ data...”


Ashkan Soltani (MIMS 2009) has previously served a brief stint as a Senior Advisor to the U.S. Chief Technology Officer in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and as the Chief Technologist for the Federal Trade Commission.

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August 2, 2023