Is your car spying on you?
A new report from the Government Accountability Office finds that several major automakers and GPS manufacturers collect information about your location from on-board navigation systems.
In some cases, they also retain the information for at least a little while and sometimes share it with third parties.
According to the report, the companies can 'track where consumers are, which can in turn be used to steal their identity, stalk them or monitor them without their knowledge. In addition, location data can be used to infer other sensitive information about individuals such as their religious affiliation or political activities.'
Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) requested the investigation and said the findings demonstrate that while companies providing in-car location services have taken concrete steps to protect their customers' privacy, more work needs to be done.
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