1st November, 2018 · Vehicle Technology Policy

Data

AADA Position

The AADA supports the concept of a Consumer Data Right, but it notes that it has implications for manufacturers, dealers and independent repairers. The AADA calls for continued consultation prior to any legislation being adopted.

Background

The ACCC 2017 New Car Retailing Industry Market Study (market study) identified telematics as an emerging issue with implications around access, control and ownership of data generated by the use of a car. The ACCC noted that the impact of access to technical information and personal data related to telematics is likely to become more acute as the technology to gather data becomes more prevalent in new cars.

The ACCC supports the Government’s intention to legislate a Consumer Data Right sector-by-sector noting that if it was introduced into the new car retailing industry, it would address some of the concerns raised about the impacts of telematics technology on new car purchasers. Car telematics were not included in the first tranche of sectors to be implemented.

A Consumer Data Right attached to the purchase of a new car will have implications for consumers, manufacturers and Dealers in the ownership, storage, protection, access, and transfer of data. It is also important that the Government and the automotive industry understand cyber security issues including the risk of gaining access to personal information and vehicle security data.