Americans’ cars now have ‘unmatched power collect information about what you do and where you go’ – with at least 84% of 25 car brands in bombshell study sharing or selling personal data
Americans’ cars now have ‘unmatched power to watch, listen and collect information about what you do and where you go’ – with at least 84% of 25 car brands in bombshell study sharing or selling personal data
- The Mozilla Foundation works for better online privacy and internet safety
- It found half of cars studied could share your information’ with the government
- Researches say cars can collect information about your genetics or even sex life
Americans’ cars now have the ‘unmatched power to watch, listen and collect information about what you do and where you go,’ according to a concerning new study.
According to the Mozilla Foundation, at least 84 percent of 25 car brands studied have the power to share or sell the personal data of drivers to to data brokers, law enforcement, and others.
‘The gist is: they can collect super intimate information about you — from your medical information, your genetic information, to your ‘sex life’ (seriously), to how fast you drive, where you drive, and what songs you play in your car,’ the study said.
The study gave all 25 of the studied cars ‘Privacy Not Included’ warnings, finding the car brands were collecting ‘too much personal data’ from drivers.’
The study also looked at other digital products such as smart home devices, mental health apps and exercise products. Researchers claimed vehicles ‘have the most problems when it comes to protecting a [user’s] privacy.’
The study gave all 25 of the studied cars ‘Privacy Not Included’ warnings, finding the car brands were collecting ‘too much personal data’ from drivers’
The study by the Mozilla Foundation found that Tesla , Nissan, Hyundai, Cadillac, and GMC are the top five worst companies when it came to driver privacy
The Mozilla foundation, which is behind the Firefox browser and works for better online privacy and internet safety, said cars are the worst product they have ever reviewed for privacy concerns, adding vehicles are a ‘privacy nightmare.’
It found that Tesla, Nissan, Hyundai, Cadillac, and GMC were the top five worst companies when it came to driver privacy.
It also found that 92 percent of the cars, which they called ‘data-gobbling machines,’ say they can share your information with the government upon an ‘informal request.’
Moreover, all but two, Renault and Dacia, gave ‘drivers little to no control over their personal data,’ including the choice to delete it.
None of the car brands studied met Mozilla’s minimum security standards.
The researchers wrote: ‘It’s so strange to us that dating apps and sex toys publish more detailed security information than cars.
‘Even though the car brands we researched each had several long-winded privacy policies (Toyota wins with 12), we couldn’t find confirmation that of the brands meet our Minimum Security Standards.’
The research comes as driving technology continues to advance, leading to questions about what the advances will mean for user privacy.
Earlier tis year Tesla staffers were exposed after sharing videos of customers recorded with the cars’ integrated dashcams.
Clips, which were recorded between 2019 and 2022, included road rage incidents, graphic crashes, and even a naked man approaching the car.