Can you track any type of information with GPS vehicle tracking? No.
CNIL (the French Data Protection Authority) has for some years set rules governing the collection and use of data associated with the implementation of a company GPS vehicle tracking scheme. The regulatory framework was further strengthened by GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) in 2017.
This article explains the limits on data collection, what is permitted, and how the Ocean solution range enables you to manage GPS vehicle tracking in compliance with the data protection rules.
Using a GPS tracking device to check compliance with speed restrictions is prohibited. The sole exception is if speed is being checked for a study of accidents and the driver is participating voluntarily.
Through GPS tracking, the Ocean Conduite app analyses driving behaviour such as taking bends sharply or braking and accelerating suddenly.
This information is made available to fleet manages and the drivers themselves to raise awareness of eco-driving and improve driving behaviours, raising safety and eco practices. Compliance with speed limits is excluded, in accordance with the GDPR.
The GPS tracking device must not be used for constant monitoring of an employee or to locate a vehicle during:
Our Ocean solution features and products are GDPR-compliant:
The GPS tracking system of company vehicles must not be used:
In the wording of CNIL, it may be used on an ‘ancillary’ basis to ‘monitor working time when this cannot be done by any other means.’
The privacy features ensuring regulatory compliance with the CNIL obligations are included by design in the Ocean solutions:
Ocean also offers onboard telematics solutions without GPS tracking, i.e. with no position readings. These options still provide an overview of your vehicle fleet and its key information (mileage, transmitted maintenance data, fuel cost monitoring, etc.).
Telematics solutions can be used to give your drivers more protection on the road: reducing risky behaviour, making it easier to respond to accidents, identifying vehicles more easily in the event of theft.
The data can also be used to optimise vehicle maintenance: use of mileage and vehicle wear information to anticipate services, checks to be performed, or replacement of parts.
The data transmitted by your fleet management solution with the GPS tracking option can be used to ‘monitor, prove and invoice for’ a transport service, whether for goods, passengers or services directly associated with the use of the vehicle.
They can also be used to improve the services provided to customers. This may mean optimising rounds to cover more customers or to serve them more quickly, or identifying the nearest repair technician to a broken down vehicle.
The data transmitted by your vehicles can provide less stressful working conditions for your drivers. A few examples:
Fleet management solutions with the GPS tracking option can be used
to check that company vehicles are being used in accordance with the company’s internal regulations.
Warning: the system must not be activated to locate or monitor employees when they are not working.
Setting rules for the use of your company GPS vehicle tracking system is the first important step for successful implementation. The way you communicate about the GPS tracking system and support its implementation are important criteria for success.
To find out more about the legal formalities and best practices to be followed concerning data protection for implementing your GPS tracking solution, read our article
Reference page on the CNIL website:
GPS tracking of employees’ vehicles https://www.cnil.frr/fr/la-geolocalisation-des-vehicules-des-salaries