ComplyAuto Joins Leading Automotive Standards Association, STAR

Focus on Privacy and Cybersecurity escalates for OEMs, technology vendors, and franchised dealerships nationwide

MCLEAN, Va., July 26, 2022– The Standards for Technology in Automotive Retail (STAR), automotive’s leading IT standards organization, announced today the addition of ComplyAuto to its association membership.

ComplyAuto was founded by two long-time industry compliance experts and specializes in automotive privacy and cybersecurity, Chris Cleveland and the late Shane McCallan. Now with over 3,000 dealership customers and over thirty state association endorsements, ComplyAuto has become the leading provider of privacy and cybersecurity technology in the automotive industry. It is also a NADA Affinity Provider for state and federal privacy as well as cybersecurity.

Chris Cleveland, ComplyAuto’s Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, noted “Standardization of privacy and cybersecurity protocols in the automotive industry, from both a technical and legal approach, is long overdue and will benefit all parties involved in the automotive retail ecosystem. ComplyAuto is excited to join STAR and use the knowledge and expertise we’ve gained by working closely with thousands of dealers and vendors across the U.S. on compliance with the growing list of consumer privacy and data security regulations.”

ComplyAuto was the first dealer-specific software company to help automate compliance with complex privacy regulations, such as the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (CCPA) . Since then, ComplyAuto has expanded its offerings to address the privacy and data security regulations of all 50 states, including a comprehensive solution for the revised Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA) Safeguards Rule issued by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) earlier this year.  

“We are very excited about having ComplyAuto join the STAR membership,” said Rafael Maldonado, chairman of STAR Standard. “With the changes recently enacted by the FTC to the GLBA Safeguards Rule, we need to ensure that STAR stays at the forefront of standardization efforts to help our members meet compliance requirements at the federal, state and local levels.  Having ComplyAuto as a member of STAR will go a long way to help us do that. Their compliance experience and expertise is unquestionable. They will increasingly benefit the automotive industry through their contributions to the work being done here at STAR.”

Having ComplyAuto as members of STAR will help apply their expertise in privacy and cybersecurity to benefit the entire automotive industry- franchised dealers, OEMs, and technology vendors alike.   

About ComplyAuto

ComplyAuto is an automotive RegTech (regulatory technology) company offering cloud-based software that helps dealerships modernize compliance through automation and advanced technology. ComplyAuto is built around a philosophy that regulatory compliance shouldn’t be dependent on forms, spreadsheets, manual audits, outside attorneys, and training sessions. Rather, ComplyAuto operationalizes dealership compliance in a modern solution that is affordable, simple, and accessible to dealers of all sizes. ComplyAuto’s current product line focuses on privacy and cybersecurity compliance. Visit to learn more.

About STAR

Standards for Technology in Automotive Retail (STAR) is a nonprofit organization whose members include dealers, original equipment manufacturers, retail system providers, and automotive-related industry organizations. STAR uses non-proprietary technology (IT) standards as a catalyst in fulfilling the business information needs of dealers and manufacturers while reducing the time and effort required to support related activities. Collectively, STAR develops industry standards and emerging technologies for the benefit of retail automotive dealers. Incorporated in 2001, STAR defines industry standards for automotive retail, standard architecture that supports global data interoperability, and standardizes the dealership IT infrastructure.

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