Privacy / Security

Car Companies Are Collecting Drivers' Location Data

Car companies are collecting and keeping data on the whereabouts of drivers.

Automakers are obtaining data through real-time navigation functions and other on-board location services and storing it for undetermined lengths of time. They need to provide motorists with more information on how and why they’re collecting and sharing data, according to a government report released Monday.

A review of privacy practices in the auto industry conducted by the Government Accountability Office found while automakers had taken some steps to protect consumer privacy, they had also made it difficult for consumers to understand the risks and vulnerabilities.

Privacy advocates fear that location data could be used to track motorists, steal their identities, stalk them or monitor them without their knowledge, the review said. Information about motorists’ political activity or religious affiliation could also be gleaned.

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