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On-board telematics, Personal Data Protection principles

On-board telematics, Personal Data Protection principles

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Episode 2 – Personal Data Protection principles


Technology and vehicles have always gone hand in hand. In recent years, on-board electronic systems have been at the heart of all the latest automobile innovations. However, with great power comes great responsibility. Companies must show a distinct of level transparency and adhere to proper ethical practices and standards.


The future looks bright, with advances in on-board telematics making the collection of vehicle and driving data easy and efficient. Every day across the world, almost 20,000 new vehicles are equipped with built-in telematic systems. But if fleet managers, and to a greater extent company managers, wish to pass on this data to the employer, then they must comply with certain requirements. Firstly, they are duty bound to inform the driver. “Usually, local “ Personal Data Protection” regulations require a formal information of employees through at least a communication to the company workcouncils ” explains Brigitte Fouque, Arval Active Link’s programme director.


The need for communication

A driver has to be informed of the data which will be collected and corresponding purposes.

Another usual obligation, is to notify the local Data Protection Authority of the type of data collected as well as purposes and estimated retention time of data, any change of data collected and/or purposes should be notified to the Authority.

The retention time for data will depend on the nature of the data and also on the purpose.
Drivers have the right “for legitimate reason” to object to data being collected. In addition, on-board systems must give them the ability to block sending any GPS position at any time.


Private mode


Drivers have the choice to qualify a trip as private at any time, before or after the trip.  “Arval Active Link ‘Privacy’ function built into the Arval Active Link app (accessible to users via smartphone and desktop) or a ‘privacy’ button installed in the vehicle (recommended by Arval when an option of geolocation is subscribed), allows the driver to be fully autonomous in managing trip qualification and deciding to block sending of GPS positions of ‘private’ trips. “In any case, only drivers can access details of the trips” confirms Brigitte Fouque.


Arval Active Link offering

Users can access all the information via a single online interface, customisable with widgets. Arval Active Link allows to manage the overall KPI’s such as:  fuel consumption, CO2 emissions, mileage, driving time, driving behaviour.

The three following options, which can be combined, offer the opportunity to complete the overall fleet management:

Active Journey, to easily manage professional and personal vehicle usage and optimize operational efficiency.

Active Routing, to manage vehicles geolocation in real time and optimize reactivity and service quality.

Active Sharing, to simplify fleet management of pool fleet by precisely identifying the driver for each trip.


Back to [Episode 1]

[Episode 1]: See how and why on-board telematics have become a key component of new vehicles.