‘Continental ensures data protection’

European Data Protection Day was initiated by the Council of Europe in 2006. It is reminiscent of the Council of Europe Convention 108, passed in 1981. This convention requires signatory states to guarantee rights and basic freedoms with regard to automatic processing of personal data.

“Data is an obligation. Data protection is essential for us as a technology company, our products, our services and our processes. In the long term, only this stance will strengthen the confidence of customers and consumers in new, data-based mobility services,” said Continental CEO Dr. Elmar Degenhart to mark European Data Protection Day on January 28, 2019. “For our products, our services and our processes, every day is Data Protection Day. Data protection is not an optional extra.”

Degenhart called for the fastest possible implementation of the new industry standard for cybersecurity (ISO/SAE 21434 “Road Vehicles – Cybersecurity Engineering”). The new standard covers the life cycle of vehicles, starting with development and production to software updates, rapid response to new cybersecurity intelligence, and safer and data-protected decommissioning.

“Privacy and security by design” has become one of our core principles in the development of hardware and software. Right from the development phase, all interfaces with electronic systems in the car must be secured, data flows must be examined closely, and control options must be enabled for drivers and users,” declared Stefan Römmele, head of Strategy and Predevelopment for Security and Privacy at Continental. “After all, the connected devices must be secure not only individually but also as a group. It must also be guaranteed that personal data is used in a manner that ensures data privacy at all times over the entire service life of the vehicle.”

Continental ensures that all functions in the car are monitored continuously and receive regular security updates. Continental’s technology for secure wireless software updates (“over-the-air”) is also in use here. The software keys required for this are given such short lifetimes that they are forgery-proof while they are still valid. Every vehicle has its own digital key, says the company.

The technology company already generates 60 percent of its automotive sales with sensors, electronics and software-based products.

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