Target: California Governor Jerry Brown
Goal: Protect future users of driverless vehicles from privacy invasion
California Governor Jerry Brown recently signed a bill paving the way for use of the driverless car on California roads. The problem is that the law does nothing to prevent the companies who are pioneering autonomous vehicle technology, primarily Google, from using the data collected from driverless cars any way they please.
Since there are no restrictions, companies can gather the information collected in the computer systems of these vehicles and use them for marketing purposes or anything else. Even more disturbing, is that Brown and other California politicians have received sizable campaign contributions from Google. This makes it seem as though the bill was passed with these privacy protections intentionally left out for the benefit of the company.
This new law should be revised to protect consumer privacy. The only beneficiaries of the current lack of regulation are the corporations like Google who sell specially-crafted advertising based on the personal information collected. Google does this now through the internet and they will most definitely use the same approach with data collected via driverless cars.
There is absolutely no reason that the personal privacy of future users of the driverless car should not be protected. This law must be revised to make sure personal data cannot be legally collected from driverless vehicles and sold as a product.
Dear Governor Brown,
The recent bill you signed concerning the implementation of the driverless vehicle in California completely disregards individual privacy. There were absolutely no provisions limiting or prohibiting the use of information collected by the computers that run these vehicles in this bill.
Google, who you have received campaign contributions from in the past, and other companies pioneering this technology are the sole beneficiaries of a lack of privacy protection since they turn personal information into profit. The public will continue to have their privacy legally violated through use of the driverless vehicle for the sake of profit as is the case with the internet.
The government must step in and protect the citizens because these companies are certainly not to be trusted to respect personal privacy. Google has been caught red-handed illegally acquiring personal information during the “Wi-Spy” scandal as well as the scandal involving hacking into Safari. Since you personally have benefitted from Google via campaign contributions, it seems that you are paying the company back a favor by handing over the personal information of California residents on a silver platter.
It must be expressly stated in law that information collected via computers in driverless cars cannot be turned into a product so the future users of driverless vehicles can avoid yet another state-sanctioned invasion of privacy.
[Your Name Here]