Will new cars soon share our data with the EU?

Will new cars soon share our data with the EU?

Violet Field inPlanetJan 20, 2021 2 min read1 views

In 2020, car manufacturers were obliged to integrate an electronic system into all new cars which is supposed to record consumption and emission data.

Since January 1, 2021, the data of each new car captured by this system can be retrieved by the European Union to see if they correspond to the measurements communicated by the manufacturers. A new tool that raises concerns about the use of this personal data.

This device, called OBFCM (for “On Board Fuel Consumption Meter”) must be present in each new car, thermal or hybrid, recalls Le Parisien. It is supposed to record mileage, fuel consumption, vehicle speed, and exact CO2 emission volumes.

Data accessible at any time

If all the manufacturers questioned by the Parisian are not brought into compliance, some have played the good students, such as Volkswagen or Renault, also targeted by a judicial investigation. “We didn't need to install any additional enclosure. Our engineers have upgraded the engine ECU to make the information available. We just opened a door that already existed, ”confirms the manufacturer.

New data accessible in any garage, which raises questions about its use. Especially since the European legislation to regulate this system is still vague. Contacted by Le Parisien, the Cnil, the gendarme of personal data, did not provide an answer.

This European regulation comes in response to the Dieselgate scandal, manipulation of software in Volkswagen diesel vehicles, intended to conceal the official figures for polluting gas emissions.