For Immediate Release: July 21, 2023
Contact: Ryan Hite, Communications Director
Washington, D.C.: In advance of the July 26 hearing before the House Energy & Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Innovation, Data, and Commerce on “Self-Driving Vehicle Legislative Framework: Enhancing Safety, Improving Lives and Mobility, and Beating China,” Phyllis Schlafly Eagles sent a coalition letter to committee leadership urging them to give drivers the ownership and control of their own car data. The letter is signed by 16 groups and advocacy organizations dedicated to promoting strong consumer policies and user privacy rights.
“Autonomous Vehicles (AVs) are equipped with various sensors, cameras, and communication systems that continuously capture and transmit information about their surroundings and occupants,” the letter says. “As the nation approaches a future where autonomous vehicles may become an integral part of its transportation landscape, it is crucial that Congress address the significant concerns surrounding the collection, storage, and usage of the vast amounts of personal data generated by their vehicles, particularly autonomous vehicles.”
Carmakers have come under scrutiny for assuming ownership and control of the data car owners generate while driving. The letter encourages members of the House Energy & Commerce Committee to remain consistent by fighting to protect Americans’ auto data with the same force and vigor they displayed when passing the American Data Privacy and Protection Act on a 53-2 committee vote last year.
“A legislative solution to this matter can take many forms,” the letter continues. “All we ask is that you consider establishing clear guidelines regarding ownership and control of the data generated by their cars, ensuring that consumers retain ultimate authority over their personal information.”
The letter’s signatories include Ed Martin, Phyllis Schlafly Eagles; Ruth Susswein, Consumer Action; Nisha Whitehead, The Rutherford Institute; Stephen Moore, Committee to Unleash Prosperity; Saul Anuzis & James Martin, 60 Plus Association; Dr. Ed Longe, James Madison Institute; Terry Schilling, American Principles Project; Dan Perrin, HSA Coalition; Chuck Muth, Citizen Outreach; Dr. Jianli Yang, Citizen Power Initiatives for China; Brian Balfour, John Locke Foundation; Mike Stenhouse, Rhode Island Center for Freedom & Prosperity; Rick Manning , Americans for Limited Government; Judson Phillips, Tea Party Nation; Paul Boardman, Decouple China PAC; and Seton Motley, Less Government.
You can view the letter HERE.