May 26, 2024

Automakers have been highlighting the advantages realized through partnerships with the major computer hardware and software firms for the majority of the 21 21st Century.

If your brand-new vehicle’s dashboard scans your eyes and tells you that you’re sleeping too much to continue driving, it’ll suggest an interruption and show the nearest McCoffee shops on the screen of your navigation.

It then records your stops (or the absence thereof) and adds these to your list of other destinations and holidays, as well as the phone numbers and music loaded onto the car via your phone.

It’s all worked well for automakers, as per an article published on Wednesday by the non-profit Software Community, Mozilla Foundation. As for us drivers, we might as well be data-vars-ga-outbound-link=”” data-vars-ga-ux-element=”Hyperlink” href=””>Dave confronting HAL 9000 in 2001: A Space Odyssey.

All the brands that were studied in the buyers’ guide received Mozilla’s *Privacy Not Included ” label, “making cars the official worst category of products for privacy that we have ever reviewed.” Mozilla started publishing its buyers’ guide in the year 2017.

The the report states that ” every car brand we studied collects more personal information than is necessary and utilizes the news for reasons not related to operating your car and managing the relationship they have with you.


To give background In context, 63% of apps for mental health (another category of products that smacks at privacy) we analyzed this year got this “ding.'” (Authors insist.)

Automakers may collect personal data through the connected services of your vehicle as well as from its app capable of collecting data from your smartphone. It is also able to collect additional information from third-party sources such as SiriusXM and Google Maps.

Mozilla states that connected cars are able to collect “super intimate information,” such as medical history genetic data, as well as the speed at which you drive, the location you go, the songs you listen to in the car and even your sexual life. This information can be gleaned, such as owners’ abilities, intelligence and hobbies The review states.

Mozilla not finding any car brand that is worse than Amazon Alexa is pretty disconcerting.

The agreements of users for 21 of the 25 automobile brands, or 84% of them, grant permission to share owners’ personal information. 19 of them – 76 percent – allow the companies to market their information.

A total of 14 people (56%), or 14 percent, have said they could give your personal information to the law enforcement or a government agency in response to an “request,” Mozilla says.

The non-profit foundation’s report states it found these results due to it being a consequence of the California Consumer Privacy Act, which requires companies to make these announcements.

It is important to note that Mozilla looked into 23 auto brands that are available across the US and two brands that do not (Renault as well as Dacia). They were the only two automakers who said that every driver has the right to request that their personal data be erased.

This is, Mozilla says, the result of Europe’s “robust” General Data Protection Regulation. Researchers were also unable to find out if any of the companies encrypt all personal data that is stored in the car. This is Mozilla’s primary requirement to obtain it its Minimum Security Standards designation.

Creepiest of Super Creepy Automakers

Mozilla classified sixteen of these brands among being the creepiest among those that are “super creepy” in terms of data collection. In this order from the worst to not as bad: Nissan, Chevrolet, Kia, Hyundai, Dodge, Lexus, Audi, Toyota, Honda, Volkswagen, Ford, Fiat, Buick, Subaru, Lincoln and Acura.

One More Step Down on the Super Creepy Scale

Only Very Creepy

Dacia (after all, they’re low-cost cars and might have a limited number of services).

There’s a hint of an JD Power & Company syndrome in this list.

For instance, why is GMC more spooky in comparison to Cadillac, Buick creepier than GMC and Chevrolet more creepy than all of them? Examine the reports of a particular brand and Mozilla gives the specifics of General Motors’ umbrella privacy policy for all of these brands. Perhaps mychevroletapp is a bit more creepy than mybuickapp?

Yet, the conclusion the fact that one of these companies, ranging from Nissan to Dacia isn’t better than Amazon Alexa is quite alarming.

Additionally, it is worth noting that Tesla isn’t as spooky than Mercedes-Benz or Nissan but it is only the second item Mozilla has ever reviewed following the AI chatbot, to be able to collect every one of its security “dings.”

“What stood out for them was their “untrustworthy AI” warning. The AI-powered brand’s (A)utopilot was implicated in the deaths of 17 people as well as 736 crashes. It remains the target of numerous federal investigations,” the report says.

The list includes all brands, including Renault and Dacia, that have ratified the alliance for automotive innovation’s “Consumer Protection Principles,” However, not one of 23 companies follows these principles, according to Mozilla.


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