AUTOMAKERS RESPOND TO NEW LEGISLATION BY AAA THAT WOULD JEOPARDIZE SECURITY AND PERSONAL PRIVACY FOR ITS OWN FINANCIAL GAIN

March 19, 2014

Sacramento, CA – Following is a statement by the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers CEO Mitch Bainwol upon introduction of SB 994, the “AAA Insurance Data Grab” bill:

“Cynically masquerading on behalf of consumers, the state’s largest insurance company has invented SB 994 as an effort to obtain consumer data for profit.

“’AAA’s Data Grab’ is a dangerous gambit to gain access to motorist data to share across its 50 affiliates for commercial purposes. AAA would also be able to gain access to driving behavior relevant to their insurance policies.

“In doing so, SB 994 severely jeopardizes the security of data generated by an auto; thus posing a threat to motorist safety, privacy and the 21stcentury future of automotive connectivity as championed by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration.

“What consumers need is an automotive future where their data is secure and the network of connected autos is not threatened. We strongly urge the legislature to reject this backwards looking single company interest legislation.”