New Cars: Data Collecting Machines on Wheels
Gone are the days when cars were just a means of transportation. Today, they have become computers on wheels, equipped with more than 1400 microchips that allow them to collect and process data about their drivers. While this technological advancement has its benefits, it also poses a significant threat to personal privacy.
Your car is always listening, just like your phone or computer. It can collect various types of data, including biometric information from your car’s microphone and camera and voice recordings from your car’s voice assistant. Moreover, if you use GPS or ask for directions through Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, your car probably has even more information about you.
But what exactly does your vehicle collect? A new online tool called the Vehicle Privacy Report by Privacy4Cars can help answer that question. By entering your car’s VIN number into the tool, you can see all the privacy policies of the company that made your vehicle.
The report shows details such as name, address, email address, driver’s license number, location data showing where you are and where you went and synchronized data from connected devices such as call logs, text messages or contacts. Additionally, it lists who shares this information – insurance companies, government agencies and data brokers.
Kia is one example of an automaker that uses collected data to predict drivers’ preferences and characteristics. The company also shares this information with parent companies, subsidiaries and sister companies along with service providers like analytics partners advertising agencies and social media platforms.
Fortunately for those concerned about their privacy rights being violated by stalkerware or other malicious spy apps collecting sensitive information without permission; there are steps individuals can take to protect themselves. One way is by using tools like Privacy4Cars which removes synced personal data before reselling used vehicles so that manufacturers comply with privacy laws.
To delete tracking data from your vehicle entirely requires downloading an iOS or Android application called Privacy4Cars. The app is designed to remove personal information from the vehicles you drive or are connected to, including your phone book, call logs, text messages, browsing history, home address, garage door codes, passwords and biometrics.
To end with a final flourish, while new cars may be equipped with advanced technology that allows them to collect data about their drivers and passengers; it’s essential to take steps to protect one’s privacy. Tools like Privacy4Cars can help delete tracking data from vehicles entirely. It is crucial for individuals to be aware of what their cars collect and who shares this information. According to authoritative sources (Fox News), these tools can help drivers stay in control of their personal data.