Connected Cars, Data Privacy and Education


Connected Cars, Data Privacy and Education

Connected Cars are lacking adequate cybersecurity

recent report by systems design company Synopsys highlighting that modern vehicles are, in essence, computers on wheels. And although that may be a source of excitement for many, it also brings with it a great deal of risk- risk which, according to Synopsys, manufacturers and consumers may not be ready for.

Although the report found that there was no shortage of awareness of vulnerabilities, preparedness was another matter entirely. Despite 62% of survey respondents saying they felt that a cybersecurity attack of some kind against automotive software was probable within the next year, the report also found that less than 10% of companies have a dedicated cybersecurity team, and 63% test less than half of their technology for vulnerabilities.

Improvements – and drastic improvements, at that, need to be made as soon as possible, as investment in automotive technology shows no sign of diminishing any time soon. It is of paramount importance that rapid innovation does not come at the cost of security. As businesses continue to build out their engineering and development teams, it’s vital that they also remember to invest in cybersecurity personnel. The consequences of a cybersecurity attack on connected vehicles could be disastrous, and so it is essential that those at the forefront of this field remember to prioritise protection before it is too late.

Facebook forbidden from pulling user data from multiple sources

Earlier this week, Saragossa’s Conor Sloan issued a blog discussing how Facebook’s recent move to merge its messenger services with that of WhatsApp and Instagram could be the beginning of a slippery slope that leads to a data monopoly and violations of user data privacy rights.

The move appears to have caused concern among many, and on Thursday the 7th of February, only a couple of months after the move was made public knowledge, it was announced that Bundeskartellamt (Germany’s antitrust regulator) had decided to step in and ban Facebook from combining user data collected from multiple sources.

This legislation will limit Facebook’s ability not just to harvest data from WhatsApp and Instagram, but from other disparate sources, including pages with a Facebook ‘like’ function, and from other third parties who may have sold data to Facebook before.

According to the Bundeskartellamt, Facebook is guilty of using a coercive consent approach, essentially forcing users to consent to unlimited use of their data by making it far too inconvenient for them to disagree. This directly goes against data privacy rights, as coerced consent cannot be said to be consent at all, and users have zero control about where their data is collected from and how it is used.

Data continues to be one of the biggest buzz-words in technology, however with so much about data privacy and legislation still being figured out, actions like the one taken by the Bundeskartellamt are important for protecting individual rights and ensuring companies know where they stand in terms of how data can be processed.

Microsoft moves to bring more data analytics to education

Microsoft confirmed on Monday the 4th of February that they were acquiring the BrightBytes data management platform DataSense (and the team behind it), integrating the platform with their Azure cloud offering. With this move, Microsoft plans on accelerating their mission to enable a more efficient and thorough use of data by schools and educational authorities.

The DataSense Data Integration platform is used to take in data and pass it on to relevant education authorities, enabling those authorities to easily see in what ways education standards are faltering in their respective districts, and put strategies in place that will enhance learning and benefit students.

DataSense already serves millions of students in the USA, and with Microsoft at the helm it seems as though things are only going to accelerate. The platform is to be integrated with Microsoft’s own Azure, enabling a more powerful and thanks to Microsoft’s robust infrastructure, more secure service.

Education is one of the areas where data has the potential to make the greatest impact, however it is also an area with a huge amount of legacy process and infrastructure that needs to be migrated before proper change can begin. Enabling education authorities to migrate their data onto a cloud platform will allow for measures to be taken that will aid classroom performance and streamline administrative processes, while hosting the. The DataSense platform is the only BrightBytes product currently being acquired by Microsoft, however it will continue to link with BrightBytes’ other offering, Clarity, which handles data analytics.

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