Washington, D.C. – Today, NetChoice filed comments with the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s (“NTIA”) request for comments on Request for Comments on Developing the Administration’s Approach to Consumer Privacy.
“We are seeing a fracturing of the internet driven by states introducing disparate privacy bills.” said Carl Szabo, Vice President of NetChoice. “The time has come for establishment of a nationwide standard for privacy online.”
“Americans should ask for a better privacy approach than what Europe and California concocted. Americans deserve a privacy law that doesn’t remove services and stymie innovation.” continued Szabo. “Federal privacy legislation should allow for industry safe-harbors similar to those in the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act.”
The Transportation Department’s guideline revisions “will drive the autonomous vehicle industry to innovate while maintaining public safety,” Carl Szabo, vice president at NetChoice, a trade association for e-commerce businesses, wrote in a statement.
NetChoice, which counts Waymo and Lyft as members, applauded new guidelines from the Department of Transportation (DOT) that foster innovation while still prioritizing safety.
“DOT’s new guidelines put self-driving cars into gear and onto the roads.” said Carl Szabo, VP and General Counsel at NetChoice.
“DOT guidelines will drive the autonomous vehicle industry to innovate while maintaining public safety,” continued Szabo. “The guidelines are forward looking, taking into account that cars of the future may not have many features of today’s cars, such as steering wheels, gas pedals and mirrors.”
The guidelines also push states and localities to remove barriers to autonomous vehicle testing and to ensure the growth of new technologies and interoperability. The new guidelines also allow car manufacturers to self-define their cars as self-driving rather than having to comply with a specific description. These are just two of many ways the DOT will ensure effective regulations that do not burden innovators.
“Autonomous vehicles are the future of road transportation, and the DOT has provided guidelines that will allow America to lead in the adoption of this revolutionary technology,” continued Szabo.