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China launches data privacy rules for smart cars

Self-driving cars are coming fast. Maybe too fast.
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On Wednesday, the Cyberspace Administration of China released a draft regulation on automobile data security.

The new rules, still seeking public comment before becoming official, focus on the protection of both personal information and "important data," meaning data relevant to national security interests. It requires automobile data collectors to obtain explicit user consent before every drive, among other rules that promote clear communication, anonymization and the user right to data deletion.

In March, China covertly banned Tesla cars from entering its military complexes for data security reasons, Reuters reported. Following the release of the draft regulation, Tesla responded on Chinese social media site Weibo that it supports the "further regulation" of the auto industry.
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