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Thursday, 11 January 2018 21:50

CCC Drops Proposed Charges, Makes Other ‘Secure Share’ Changes

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Jack Rozint of Mitchell International said his company will continue to support the “EMS” data export file rather than requiring the use of the newer “BMS” data export file. Jack Rozint of Mitchell International said his company will continue to support the “EMS” data export file rather than requiring the use of the newer “BMS” data export file.

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Those who had previously purchased compiled data from Authenticom said they have seen their monthly bill for such data rise from the $35 they had been paying Authenticom to more than $700 to receive the data from Reynolds or CDK. 


Authenticom’s lawsuit was the first, but not the only, related to data sharing by CDK and Reynolds. Cox Automotive, the parent company of Kelley Blue Book, Autotrader and Manheim, filed suit in December against CDK, saying the company is colluding to eliminate competition in the market for compiled data from dealership management systems. Other dealership groups and businesses that rely on dealership data from those systems also have filed similar suits against CDK or Reynolds.


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Whether those lawsuits played into CCC’s decision is unclear. For its part, CCC is working to put a positive spin on the changes it has made to the Secure Share program as the April deadline for its required use approaches.


“Repairers and application providers will now have more choice and flexibility in how they work with one another,” CCC’s Fincher said in announcing the company’s changes.


John Yoswick, a freelance writer based in Portland, Oregon, who has been writing about the automotive industry since 1988, is also the editor of the weekly CRASH Network (www.CrashNetwork.com). He can be contacted by email at john@CrashNetwork.com.


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