DATA-CONNECTED CARS SUCK UP ALL THIS INFORMATION ABOUT YOU. IS IT WORTH IT?
We all believe that companies who gather our personal information without our permission are intrusive, unfair and an invasion of privacy. Is this sacrifice that we take in order to enjoy these new high-tech data connected cars worth it? Is the trade-off of our privacy for fancy new features and sensors in a newer model car worth the exposure we’re putting our personal information through? While it’s not all bad, and a lot of the information gathered from your car can definitely improve safety and awareness while driving, that amount of data stored in your car can just as easily result in a huge invasion of privacy.
There are different features in every car that collect and store different types of your personally identifiable information (PII). Recently, the data from these new features which were meant to stay in the car are leave the car. It is said that makers like BMW, Tesla, and Toyota are selling cars with data connections that ultimately let them gather a large amount of information on the car as well as the driver. For example, it was said that Tesla recently released data from car owner’s vehicles and were able to gather enough information from the data saved on the car to know exactly how that individual became a victim of a fatal crash. Owners would be shocked to find out that car manufactures are allowed to access that information and make it public.
With the push to 5G the data collection and transfer from cars is certainly going to increase. Will we again lose another little piece of our privacy?
Nobody buying or renting a car should spend hours reading through a 500-page manual to find how and what data is collected. All your contacts, text messages, GPS location and emails are transferred to the car once you sync your phone to the car. You can become a victim of identity theft if your personal data is not cleared or erased before you sell, return or trading in your cars.
All this data is stored on the car’s hard drive in the infotainment center, putting our PII at risk. The best way to keep our PII safe would be to have a data destruction professional ensure that all your personal information that is downloaded from your cell phone, now stored on the car, is permanently erased and cleared. Clear My Car Data is the first in the industry to deliver a secure, safe and documented process to clear you PII from your car.
Contact Clear My Car Data to learn or to schedule your appointment before you sell, return or trade in your car.