With the internet of things expected to change the way we rent cars and buy homes, some people are calling for the country’s car rental industry to be regulated.
In the latest example, car rental company Hertz has been fined for not complying with an order to provide access to the company’s database of customers and customers’ information in a way that is “proper and reasonable”.
The company had been under a court order since April 2016 to provide information on the number of rental cars a person was in possession of.
It has also been fined more than $150,000 in compensation.
The case comes as the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) prepares to announce a rule that would regulate car rental companies.
The rules would require car rental providers to provide the same level of privacy and security to customers as they do to other consumer products.
Hertz and the US car rental trade group Avis also have to disclose their location to customers in a timely manner, and their data to law enforcement.
The US Department of Transportation has also proposed rules that would require all car rental firms to provide a driver’s license or other identification when they register a vehicle, and to provide details about the vehicle to law-enforcement agencies.
Car rental companies in Australia, Canada and the UK already offer some of these basic privacy protections.
But these rules would take them beyond the norm, and potentially make them even harder for people to use.
“The US car industry is one of the best in the world, but they are still the most regulated in the entire world,” said Matthew Jervis, an assistant professor of business administration at the University of New South Wales.
“In Australia, we have to look at the regulations of these companies in order to do anything else.
And they’re very, very complex.”
They have to be pretty well regulated.
“Mr Jervish said that while there are a number of things that can be done to address the privacy issues, there are other regulations that need to be in place, too.”
It is important that we have the kind of regulatory framework that protects the consumer from these kinds of concerns,” he said.”
We don’t want to go back to a world where car rental is regulated like any other consumer product.
“I would like to see some kind of national regulation that would protect consumers from these kind of issues.”‘
If we don’t have the right rules we’re not going to have the technology’Mr Jovis said the car rental industries’ existing regulatory framework was a good starting point.
“What I think the car industry really needs is some kind the framework that allows them to have some level of regulation of their industry,” he added.
“Because I think they’re just as regulated as any other business, I think if we don.t have the proper regulatory framework, we’re going to lose out.”
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