A cybersecurity expert who worked for the Clinton and Obama administrations says CDK Global Inc. and Reynolds and Reynolds have no justifiable "security" or "privacy" needs to block data integrators from accessing their dealership management systems.
Peter Swire, now a law and ethics professor at Georgia Institute of Technology, provided his comments in written testimony on behalf of data integration company Authenticom in its antitrust lawsuit against the software giants, which was filed May 1.
Swire's comments were included in a preliminary injunction filing Thursday, which also included testimony from several dealers and a vendor. The parties complained about the fees that CDK and Reynolds charge third-party vendors to access the consumer data needed to run their systems. The added expenses for third parties typically are passed along to vendors' dealership clients.