TO THE EDITOR:
"Whose data is it?" (Nov. 4) allows the aftermarket parts industry to continue its astonishing misinformation campaign about vehicle data laws.
The national memorandum of understanding and the 2013 Massachusetts Right to Repair law upon which it is based specifically address telematics. Each guarantees that information necessary to diagnose and repair a vehicle, that is only shared telematically with a franchised dealer, must be made available to independent shops. These are apparently "limited circumstances" and are decried by the Auto Care Association, as they and other backers of this effort continue to concoct wild stories about their "need" for consumer vehicle data and ridiculous claims about the number of vehicles with "some kind of repair constraint," as put forth in the accompanying story, "High-tech systems fuel fight for vehicle data." Quotes likes this have absolutely no basis in reality.
The proposals these groups have filed in Massachusetts would do nothing to improve the consumer experience but would absolutely create serious new risks to personal safety, data privacy and cybersecurity.
CONOR YUNITS, Spokesperson, Coalition for Safe and Secure Data Boston