european union.automotiveITThe European carmakers association, ACEA, welcomed a European Parliament vote on new EU-wide data protection rules, saying the regulation will help clarify the privacy issues surrounding connected cars.

"Data protection is an issue automakers take very seriously, as we are committed to providing our customers with a high level of protection and maintaining their trust," ACEA Secretary General Erik Jonnaert said in a press statement. "This is essential if intelligent transport systems and the connected car are to fulfil their potential."

The European Parliament Thursday approved a package of rules that puts control of personal data more directly with the people involved and creates a uniform level of data protection across the 28-member bloc.

The new rules replace a directive that has been in place since 1995, when internet use by private citizens was just beginning.

Jan Philipp Albrecht, the German parliamentarian from the Green Party who steered the legislation through parliament, said the vote marked a commitment to consumer rights and competition in the digital age. "Citizens will be able to decide for themselves which personal information they want to share,"he said in a press statement.

Albrecht added that the new rules will create clarity for businesses by establishing a single law across the EU.

The regulation will enter into force 20 days after its publication in the EU Official Journal. Member states will have two years to implement the rules, but the UK and Ireland have the right to limit which parts of the legislation they will implement. Denmark has six months to decide whether the rules will become national law.

ACEA recently formulated five principles of data protection for the car industry that are broadly in line with the EU directive. They include transparency, customer choice, so-called privacy by design, data security and the proportionate use of data.