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Personal data protection and security aspects related to ITS applications

Despite the many potential benefits of Intelligent Transport Systems, the associated increase in vehicle/infrastructure electronics and communications raises security and privacy issues which, if left unaddressed, could jeopardise the wider deployment of ITS.

ITS technologies must ensure the integrity, confidentiality and secure handling of data, including personal and financial details, and show that citizens’ rights are fully protected.

The objective of this action is therefore to assess the importance and impact of data protection and privacy aspects in the areas and actions of the ITS Action Plan and ITS Directive, and assess how those issues can be addressed.

This action is mentioned in Action Area 5: "Data security and protection, and liability issues” under:

Action 5.1: Assess the security and personal data protection aspects related to the handling of data in ITS applications and services and propose measures in full compliance with Community legislation.

The European Commission is conducting in 2012 a study on the state-of-the-art concerning personal data protection aspects related to the handling of data in ITS applications and services in Europe. This work will include the identification of ITS applications which are the most subject to data protection issues and the assessment of potential measures (legal, technical, organisational) to guarantee the protection of personal data in ITS applications and services.