Privacy and data in the cloud, why should I worry


Year 2017, social networks, mobile phones, “smart”, Internet and computers are intimately connected. We enjoyed many connected services that we do not pay anything, and seems to us the most normal thing. In reality, yes we are paying for: the product we are, our data are the way to pay for those services.

This paradigm is coming to the cars at a speed that no one is looking warn. cars collect and transmit a significant amount of data, sometimes without our knowledge, as they can be GPS coordinates, speed, use of seat belts, kilometers that are missing to the review, if any wheel goes loose air or if it has been on some alert on the dashboard.

none of this is science fiction, it is real

In this way, it can warn of traffic jams to drivers, based on the information in that issue that have already gotten into it. You can also improve the road safety policies in this regard, both for good as for evil. That is to say, it can detect more high-risk areas, but also areas where the breach of the rules is more widespread.


This image is already outdated: a browser dis-connected. As much as you will receive notices of traffic, the DGT, nor one more

These data when they are disaggregated -not linked to specific individuals – do not have anything wrong with it. the problem is in the personal information. Let us recall the prototype Instinct of Peugeot, uses personal information to enhance the onboard experience, such as musical tastes, usual hours of arrival/departure, the code to open the garage, etc, That information has to travel through the network.

The anonymous data will make up “big data” for statistical purposes

I Am very pessimistic with regard to the protection of privacy. The vast majority of the people who use social networking -yes, you – you have not ever read the terms and conditions of use. your use of the services, it has given a tacit acceptance, it is problem of every one not having read it. I don’t think that in the future to change a lot of that, legal professionals apart.

Although the different companies that use our information will employ methods to ensure that those communications are confidential, there is always a risk of being accessible to unauthorized third parties. The only system connected secure is the one that is off, it is so since the times of the Enigma machine (40), and even before. But let’s leave aside for a moment that risk is parked, since that is inevitable.

The personal information serves to enhance the onboard experience -at least in theory. That is the face. And what about the cross?

Who are going to have our information? What will you do with it? What data is shared? Can be used to improve the service, to propose deals, or to keep us controlled? If there is something that gives you panic a motorist, even the most pius with the rules is that you can spy on someone. Imagine for a moment what would happen if our insurer know what you did last summer, fall, winter, and spring. Can we raise the premium.

There are people who, with their consent, share that information with your insurer, so it is excluded from the minimum portion of insured more money than it consumes in compensation or damages of its own, and the premium is adjusted more to its degree of risk. The problem will come when giving a tacit consent (agree to terms without reading them) it is possible to know where we are and with whom. we’re All going to a sneak called mobile phone. Our car will be another.

The society has already internalized that you can sacrifice some of their privacy in exchange for using free services. It is possible that the advertising that you see in the is custom for you to have done recent searches on a product or service. We have nothing to do, is automated, and it is not with a bad intention. On the contrary, it is to offer personalized ads, do not know what you want to buy or what to wish for. So is the Internet in 2017.


The cloud may have applications very practices, as to anticipate dangers long before they occur, or that the driver can see them

consumers are protected in Spain by the Organic Law 15/1999, of 13 December, of Protection of Data of a Personal Nature. We have a number of rights of access, rectification, update, cancellation… and we have to warn what information is collected, where it is, and for what.

The law doesn’t protect us if we accept something without reading it before

A council lawyer friend, when you look at a license agreement, read it whole, though it is a sovereign pain in the neck. If you do not agree with a single clause, you’ll have to swallow it or say no and give up that service. I hope that the manufacturers make an effort to explain well to the clients in the morning all of that, and not to take a day to have the surprise of your information -personal and disaggregated – has been play freely to their hearts ‘ content on the Internet.

The connectivity will link the vehicles with the people and the infrastructure, in theory, to make life easier. We also may complicate. becoming less and less cars are isolated from the outside. A few renegades will choose to be unplugged, but the rest will be exposed, as well as your information. The decision is up to you to choose what place you want to be, if connected, or disconnected. Every choice has a consequence.