Representative Joe Wilson

Representing the 2nd District of South Carolina

Wilson and Lieu Introduce SPY Car Study Act

Jan 24, 2017
Press Release

Congressman Joe Wilson, Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness, introduced the SPY Car Study Act of 2017 today. Congressman Ted Lieu (CA-33) is the lead co-sponsor. The bill directs government partners and private auto manufacturers to conduct a study on security and privacy threats in motor vehicles.

“Cyber threats have the potential to threaten the safety of American families. In the past few months, we’ve seen widespread reports of how cyber vulnerabilities in vehicles allow hackers to access a vehicle and take control from the driver,” Wilson said.

“The SPY Car Study Act leverages the strength of public-private partnerships to responsibly assess cyber risks and privacy concerns within personal vehicles.  By conducting a thorough study of isolation measures, detection protocol, and other best practices, we can bring industry, advocates, and government together to encourage innovation while ensuring consumer protection.”  

Congressman Ted Lieu stated, “Every American has a right to drive cars that are safe and secure. Cars don’t necessarily come to mind when most of us think about cybersecurity.  But the Internet of Things (IoT) is bringing technology and connectivity into every part of our lives—including our motor vehicles. Without good cyber hygiene, a hacker could easily turn a car into a weapon.  The SPY Car Study Act builds on important work undertaken by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration by emphasizing the protection of users’ personal data, and developing clear timelines for implementing these standards. We need to know that our navigation, entertainment, and operating systems are safe—and that our data is kept private. We must be proactive about our privacy and security, now more than ever.”

Click here to view a copy of the legislation.

Click here to view an op-ed Wilson and Lieu authored for The Hill last year.