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The European Data Protection Board (EDPB) has published its draft guidelines on processing personal data in the context of connected vehicles for public consultation. The Guidelines have a wide reach and will apply to more than just vehicle manufacturers. We have summarised the key points and recommendations from the EDPB in the Guidelines below. The public can provide comments to the EDPB until March 20th, 2020. Thereafter, the EDPB will finalize and adopt the Guidelines,…

In this episode, your host Brian Hengesbaugh is joined by Raffaele Giarda, a partner in our Rome office and Chair of Baker McKenzie’s Global Technology, Media & Telecommunications Industry Group, to discuss a hot topic in the mobility space: connected cars. In this episode, you will hear: The differences between connected cars and autonomous vehicles An overview of key legal developments surrounding the technology, including liability and data protection issuesRaffaele’s thoughts on how future regulation…

On 25 March 2019, the Italian Government (“Government”) passed Law Decree No. 22 (“Decree 22/2019”) which includes, among others, provisions on the so-called “special powers” of the Government in relation to broadband electronic communications based on 5G technology. Decree 22/2019 became effective on 26 March 2019 and will need to be converted into law by no later than 24 May 2019. The express intent of Decree 22/2019 is to adjust the Government’s special powers (“Special…

What does 2019 hold for businesses in the Technology, Media and Telecommunications sector and what legal and regulatory trends should be on their radar? A complex question in a world in which the boundaries between areas are blurring to an extent that car manufacturers are becoming tech companies, traditional content producers are launching their own direct-to-consumer streaming services, and telecommunications providers are moving into adjacent industries to make up for declines in traditional revenues. Everywhere,…

The city of Turin is at the forefront of autonomous vehicle testing. On 26 October 2018, first in Italy, an autonomous vehicle drove in the city center wholly driverless using 5G technologies. Italian roads are now open to smart mobility. To this end, earlier this year, the Italian Ministry of Infrastructures and Transport pioneered the road of Intelligent Transport Systems by adopting a decree that paves the way for the digital transformation of Italian infrastructures.…

This month, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has updated its policies and guidance for automated vehicles — Preparing for the Future of Transportation: Automated Vehicles 3.0 (AV 3.0). This update not only provides clarity and further guidance on DOT’s existing policies, including the use of voluntary safety standards and the proper roles for the Federal and state governments, but also expands DOT’s guidance beyond passenger vehicles to other modes of transport. The automated vehicle…

Effective January 1, 2020, according to a new Cal. Civ. Code § 1798.91.04(a), manufacturers of connected devices offered for sale or sold in California must equip such devices with reasonable security features to protect the device and any information contained in them from unauthorized access, destruction, use, modification, or disclosure. Unlike the GDPR and other data privacy laws, which impose obligations on data controllers and processors, the Californian law applies to organizations irrespective of whether…

IntroductionThe integration of high technology software and sophisticated systems in automobile design has produced cars that have become complex computers teeming with billions of data. Built-in sensors, Internet-connected dashboards, video content-sharing capabilities, and infotainment platforms have made these smart cars hyper-efficient data collecting machines. While this development presents exciting opportunities, it is critical to have a robust strategy to address the associated risks.1. Designed with Data Security in MindAutomakers will need to consider privacy and data…

NHTSA Removing Regulatory Barriers for Vehicles with Automated Driving Systems Comment Deadline: 5 March 2018Summary: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has requested comments related to current Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) that may affect development of automated driving system-equipped (ADS-equipped) vehicles. NHTSA would like commenters to identify FMVSS that would limit an entity’s ability to develop ADS-equipped vehicles without any manual controls (e.g., steering wheel, brake and accelerator pedals), or designed with unconventional interiors…

Baker McKenzie recently added a preeminent aviation and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) law practice in our Washington DC office. The practice is led by Kenneth Quinn, Global Chair, Aviation, and Jennifer Trock, head of the ABA’s Drone Law Committee, who co-chairs our UAS law team with Ken. We’re excited to announce the launch of our Global Aviation group’s UAS Insights blog and its associated Twitter account (@UAS_Insights).The drone law regulatory framework has evolved quickly. We…