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The NTC is developing options to manage government access to C-ITS and automated vehicle data.

Regulating government access to C-ITS and automated vehicle data

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Purpose

The NTC is assessing whether Australia’s current information access framework applying to government collection and use of information is sufficient to protect privacy given the significant developments in transport technology. In particular, we need to consider the existing regulations in light of the types and amount of information that future transport systems could produce.

We are focusing on two areas that form a limited part of intelligent transport systems (ITS): cooperative ITS (C-ITS) and automated vehicles.

If Australia’s current information access framework applying to government collection and use of information is not sufficient to protect the privacy of users of C-ITS and automated vehicle technology, reform options will be proposed to the Transport and Infrastructure Council.

Next steps

Consultation on the Discussion paper: Regulating government access to C-ITS and automated vehicle data closed on 22 November 2018.

Based on the feedback from this consultation, we will develop recommendations and next steps to implement the recommendations for the Transport and Infrastructure Council meeting in May 2019.

Background

This work derived from two previous recommendations agreed by the Transport and Infrastructure Council in 2016 and the then Standing Council on Transport and Infrastructure (SCOTI) in 2013.

In November 2016, the Transport and Infrastructure Council agreed to recommendation 8 in the NTC’s policy paper Regulatory reforms for automated road vehicles:

Recommendation 8: That the NTC develops options to manage government access to automated vehicle data, having regard to achieving road safety and network efficiency outcomes and efficient enforcement of traffic laws, balanced with sufficient privacy protections for automated vehicle users.

In 2013 SCOTI agreed in principle to stronger privacy restrictions for government access to C-ITS data (in the event that C-ITS data was deemed to be personal information). SCOTI approved the following recommendation:

Recommendation 4: In the event that individuals can be reasonably identified from the safety data message broadcast by C-ITS devices, that specific legislative protections are developed to define in what circumstances organisations that are exempt from compliance with privacy principles, including enforcement agencies, may access C-ITS personal information.

An independent Privacy Impact Assessment prepared in August 2016 on behalf of Austroads found that data messages broadcast by vehicles in C-ITS should be treated as personal information.

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Last Updated: 23/11/2018