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Lawmakers find NHTSA guidelines lenient

Published: 26 October 2016

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration had recently released guidelines for manufacturers urging them to pay attention to cyber security. [US regulators want manufacturers to focus on cyber security ]. But this has been slammed by the law makers.

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Cybersecurity in cars remains a debatable issue

Senators Edward J. Markey, a Democrat from Massachusetts, and Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat from Connecticut, both members of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee exclaimed

“This new cybersecurity guidance from the Department of Transportation is like giving a take-home exam on the honor code to failing students. In this new Internet of Things era, we cannot let safety, cybersecurity, and privacy be an afterthought ”

In July last year both the senators had introduced in the Senate the Security and Privacy in Your Car Act, also known as the SPY Car Act, which would direct the NHTSA and the Federal Trade Commission to establish federal standards for vehicles made for sale in the U.S. that would protect them from unauthorized access to their electronic controls or data collected by electronic systems. A violator is liable for a civil penalty of up to US$5,000 for each violation. However, the act has been pending in front of committee ever since.

Definitely ,cyber security remains a concern for us but stringent laws start acting as fetters for the industry after a while,the focus must be on creating awareness among the potential customers which compels the manufacturers to block the loopholes.

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