Responsibility for Vehicle Security and Driver Privacy in the Age of the Connected Car

Source: Responsibility for Vehicle Security and Driver Privacy in the Age of the Connected Car

Sponsored by: Veracode, Created by IDC

Author: Duncan Brown


IDC conducted in-depth interviews with leading vehicle manufacturers and automotive industry representatives, as well as 1072 drivers across the UK and Germany.

These are the questions that the survey had:


What are the cybersecurity implications of the connected car?

Around 30% in both countries are somewhat concerned” that such aids could be hacked and fail to operate as intended.

If you then also include those who were “very concerned” and “extremely concerned” the total increases to over half (57%) in Germany and half (50%) in the UK.


Who is responsible for ensuring the applications are secure?

When considering who would be liable for a vulnerability in an application downloaded by the driver, nearly a third (32%) of drivers in Germany would hold the app developer responsible while for a quarter (23%) it’s the vehicle manufacturer, and for 22% the app store where they downloaded it. While only a fifth (20%) think they themselves should be liable.


Where does product liability lie with regard to the connected car?

German drivers (41%) and British drivers (51%) are “concerned” or “very concerned”

British and German drivers (18% and 21%, respectively) are “concerned” regarding personal data.

30% in Germany, 21% in the UK are “very concerned” and regard the connected car as a major problem in terms of data privacy.

This is an interesting result: data privacy is often characterized as a uniquely German issue, but our research shows that one-fifth of British drivers are also “very concerned” about data privacy protection in the connected car.


What types of applications that are drivers demanding?

Apps for navigation (74% in Germany, 69% in the UK),

Travel information (55% in Germany, 52% in the UK).

Apps to help avoid dangerous weather conditions (40% in Germany, 44% in the UK)

Apps to find parking (56%; 47%)

Apps to enhance speed (27%; 30%)

Apps to enhance fuel economy (48% in both countries).


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Sorin Mustaca
Sorin Mustaca, (ISC)2 CSSLP, CompTIA Security+ and Project+, is working since over 20 years in the IT Security industry and worked between 2003-2014 for Avira as Product Manager for the known products used by over 100 million users world-wide. Today he is CEO and owner of Endpoint Cybersecurity GmbH focusing on Cybersecurity, secure software development and security for IoT and Automotive. He is also running his personal blog Sorin Mustaca on Cybersecurity and is the author of the free eBook Improve your security .
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