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UK consumers voice concerns over connected car security

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Connected cars have been highlighted by UK consumers as one of the top areas for concern when it comes to products susceptible to hacking.

A survey of 1,000 UK and US consumers by Thales, a data security specialist, shows concerns around connected car security came second for secutiy concerns only to home security cameras and video-enabled doorbells.

Of the respondents that took part, 60% felt connected cars posed security concerns. Integrity and malfunctions of connected car technology topped the list of apprehensions.

Over half expressed concerns around viruses or malware and almost 40% claimed data security features would be the most important thing to consider when purchasing a connected vehicle.

To combat these concerns, an overwhelming majority of respondents (92%) felt the Government should implement stricter data security regulations for connected cars.

John Grimm, senior director security strategy, Thales eSecurity, said: “As adoption of connected cars and development of autonomous, self-driving cars soars, there is a tremendous business opportunity for automakers.

“However, with more connectivity comes new pathways for cyberattacks. While we’re starting to see Internet of Things (IoT) and connected car regulatory frameworks in the UK, manufacturers across the world should proactively consider these consumer concerns as they get ready to bring these cars to our streets instead of waiting for laws and regulations to pass.”

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