Your Car, Your Privacy

While the idea of networking cars would allow for fewer accidents, the data that your car will collect about you (and share? and with whom?) is still up in the air. Currently, your GPS unit does track where you are. And don’t think it’s only your GPS tracking you. “Inrix collects all its traffic data anonymously, and Ford and Microsoft’s philosophy is the customer owns the data. But exactly what that means is unclear.” And don’t forget Flo from Progressive Insurance who wants you to put a “black box” in your car to save you money on your insurance!

How this information is stored, how securely it is is stored, and who has access to the information is currently not regulated (or at least not regulated that I could find). There are huge privacy issues at stake here, and yet it seems that no one has raised the alarm. Well, except for the folks at Reddit.

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