A Mozilla Foundation report alleges that 25 major car manufacturers, including Nissan, are collecting and sharing deeply personal data, such as sexual activity and health information. The study found privacy and security flaws in car brands from the U.S., Germany, Japan, France, and South Korea.
Jen Caltrider, PNI Program Director, Mozilla, says, “All new cars today are privacy nightmares on wheels that collect huge amounts of personal information.”
“They say they can share and sell consumers’ preferences, characteristics, psychological trends, predispositions, behavior, attitudes, intelligence, abilities, and aptitudes to data brokers, law enforcement, and other third parties,” stated the Mozilla blog post.
Notably, Renault is reported as having fewer privacy issues. The Mozilla report adds Volkswagen gathers demographic data (such as age and gender) and driving behavior data (like seatbelt usage and braking patterns) for targeted marketing.
Additionally, Mercedes-Benz includes TikTok, an app with its own privacy concerns, in certain vehicle models.
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Updated: 14 Sep 2023, 11:29 AM IST