Paving the way for Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS): The Privacy Implications of Vehicular Infotainment Platforms


University of Ontario Institute of Technology



Project Leader(s)

Rajen Akalu, Lecturer


The aim of this project is to determine the privacy implications of vehicular digital forensics in car infotainment systems. Specifically, the researchers assessed the information stored in an infotainment unit and what this discloses about the user and their actions.

The project involved tracking personal information as it passes through a typical infotainment system. Infotainment logs were analyzed in order to determine driver usage patterns and identify possible secondary uses of the information. The project also identified strategies that consumers might employ to safeguard their privacy while driving.

A survey was conducted in order to gauge user perception of privacy when using vehicle infotainment and telematics systems. This helped identify the factors that motivate information sharing and privacy concerns with respect to the use of vehicle telematics and infotainment systems. Privacy information officers of leading car manufacturers were also interviewed as part of the project in order to determine how they are addressing their customers' privacy concerns regarding infotainment systems.

The project provides recommendations for reform as they relate to car infotainment and telematics platforms and Intelligent Transport Systems.

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OPC Funded Project

This project received funding support through the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada’s Contributions Program. The opinions expressed in the summary and report(s) are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada. Summaries have been provided by the project authors. Please note that the projects appear in their language of origin.

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