January 24, 2017
Press Release


WashingtonToday, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles County) introduced the Security and Privacy in Your Car Study Act of 2017, a.k.a. The SPY Car Study Act.

Mr. Lieu is the Democratic lead on legislation that would require the National Highway Safety Transportation Commission to conduct a 1-year study, consulting with the Federal Trade Commission, National Institutes of Standards and Technology, the Department of Defense, industry leaders, and higher education institutions to recommend a framework for regulating automotive software safety (e.g. diagnostic systems, navigation, and entertainment systems), cybersecurity, and privacy regulations. 

Congressman Joe Wilson (R-SC) is the Republican sponsor of the legislation.

Upon introduction of this legislation, Mr. Lieu issued the following statement:

“Every American has a right to drive cars that are safe and secure. Cars don’t necessarily come to mind when most of us think about cybersecurity.  But the Internet of Things (IoT) is bringing technology and connectivity into every part of our lives—including our motor vehicles. Without good cyber hygiene, a hacker could easily turn a car into a weapon.  The SPY Car Study Act builds on important work undertaken by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration by emphasizing the protection of users’ personal data, and developing clear timelines for implementing these standards. We need to know that our navigation, entertainment, and operating systems are safe—and that our data is kept private. We must be proactive about our privacy and security, now more than ever.”

Upon introduction of this legislation, Mr. Wilson issued the following statement:

“Cyber threats have the potential to threaten the safety of American families. In the past few months, we’ve seen widespread reports of how cyber vulnerabilities in vehicles allow hackers to access a vehicle and take control from the driver.  The SPY Car Study Act leverages the strength of public-private partnerships to responsibly assess cyber risks and privacy concerns within personal vehicles.  By conducting a thorough study of isolation measures, detection protocol, and other best practices, we can bring industry, advocates, and government together to encourage innovation while ensuring consumer protection.”