The data in question is the wireless information transmitted by vehicles, known as telematics. If demand passes, vehicles manufactured in 2022 or later and sold in Massachusetts will be required to have standardized open-access telematics systems accessible to the owner or anyone else. In practice, this means third-party repair deals, which lead to support for the bill.
Finally, the debate is over the right of consumers to choose who gets to repair their devices.
Massachusetts passed the country’s first repair rights law in 2013, which requires car manufacturers to sell diagnostic data to third-party stores. But this did not include wireless data, which will be covered by this measure.
Car manufacturers are opposed, saying the measure does not give them enough time to safely upgrade car systems without exposing them to security risks. But each side also has broader support at the national level. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration echoes concerns about cybersecurity, while Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, as well as consumer groups such as Consumer Reports, support the legislation. Warren, a senior state senator, has called for national legislation on the right to reparations.
The outcome of this scrutiny initiative will have wide-ranging implications outside of Massachusetts; the 2013 law led car manufacturers to share their data across the country.
Michigan: Requires search warrants for electronic data
While polling initiatives in California and Massachusetts have the support and opposition of both parties, voters in Michigan are keen to strongly support Proposition 2 of the state, which would require a research mandate for data and electronic communications. According to Ballotpedia, the proposal has no known opposition.
It joins a number of other state regulations that explicitly regulate police access to electronic data. In 2014, Missouri became the first state to protect electronic communications from research and capture, and New Hampshire passed a similar bill in 2018; both were extremely popular, with the support of 80% of voters in Missouri and 75% in New Hampshire.
In 2019, Utah went a step further, becoming the first state to protect electronic data collected by third parties or from remote servers — including social media data, search histories, and cell phone location data. from unsecured access. It also passed unanimously.