Questioning The Privacy Policies Of Data-Collecting Cars

Remember when Vizio’s televisions started collecting data about what shows people were watching? One transportation reporter is more worried about all the data being collected by cars. schwit1 quotes Autoblog:
Nowadays, auto manufacturers seem to be tripping over each other pointing out that they offer Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto. And more recent phenomenon are announcements — from companies including Ford and Hyundai — that they are offering Amazon Alexa capabilities. You talk. It listens… Here’s the thing. While it may seem appealing to have all manner of connectivity in cars, there is the other side of that. Without getting all tinfoil hat about this, when your TV set is ratting you out, isn’t it likely that your car will? It drives. And watches. And listens. And collects data…
That data could be shared with everyone from auto insurers and advertisers to law enforcement officials and divorce attorneys. But the real problem may be consumers assuming strong privacy protections that don’t actually exist. The article argues that GM’s privacy policy “is like most privacy policies, which boils down to: You use it (the device, software, etc.), you potentially give up a portion of your privacy.”


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