Your Car Is Spying on You. What You Can Do to Protect Your Privacy

Jane Chakravorty

Your car is spying on you. It’s tracking your movements, listening to your conversations, and collecting all sorts of personal data about you. And it’s not just your car. Many car brands are doing this, including Toyota, Chevrolet, Nissan, Kia, Volkswagen, Honda, Hyundai, Audi, and more.

A study of 25 car brands by the Mozilla Foundation found that 84% of them review, share, or sell data collected from car owners. This data can include your location, driving habits, conversations, and even your medical appointments.

I was alarmed to learn that my car was collecting data about my personal life, and I’m not alone. Many people are concerned about the privacy implications of car data collection.

Car companies collect data in a variety of ways. They use sensors to track your speed, location, and driving habits. They also use GPS trackers to track your movements. And some cars even have in-car cameras that can record your conversations and activities.

This data can be used to track your movements, target you with ads, and even discriminate against you. For example, an insurance company could use your driving data to charge you higher rates. Or an employer could use your location data to track your movements during work hours.

The potential risks of car data collection are serious. It could lead to privacy violations, identity theft, and discrimination.

The tools of disclosure have evolved, but the tactics of Joseph McCarthy live on.

You can do things to protect your privacy from car data collection. Here are a few tips:

  • Read your car’s privacy policy and opt out of any data collection features you don’t want.
  • Support organisations that are fighting for privacy rights.
  • Sign the Mozilla petition below to tell car companies to stop collecting, sharing, and selling your personal information:

Thank you for reading. I hope this information was helpful.

Sign the petition today and help protect your privacy!

We can make a difference. Together, we can pressure car companies to change their practices and protect our privacy.