Commerce Secretary Proposes Cyber Regulations for Chinese Car Systems

Digital vehicle technology has the potential for data capture and espionage.

The Department of Commerce announced the public comment period for opinions and information about digital car systems manufactured in China. 

Modern cars use advanced computer systems to track their location, send diagnostics data to mechanics, and even turn on vehicle engines without a key. However, as President Biden’s administration becomes increasingly concerned by China’s hacking and digital spying capabilities, Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo is considering whether or not regulating car system capabilities in America would safeguard against a potential national security risk.

“It doesn’t take a lot of imagination to think of how foreign government with access to connected vehicles could pose a serious risk to both our national security and the personal privacy of U.S. citizens,” said Secretary Raimondo. “We need to understand the extent of the technology in these cars that can capture wide swaths of data or remotely disable or manipulate connected vehicles, so we are soliciting information to determine whether to take action under our [Information and Communications Technology and Services] authorities.” 

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For discernment for Secretary Raimondo as she seeks to ensure the privacy and communications safety of modern vehicles.
  • For U.S. Commerce Department officials as they gather and review input on proposed rules and regulations regarding digital technology.

Sources: Department of Commerce


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