Is Your Car Recording Private Data to Share with Others?
"We know everyone who breaks the law, we know when you're doing it. We have GPS in your car, so we know what you're doing."
Funny thing about words...once you say them, you can't 'unsay' them.
An executive at Ford certainly found that out the hard way when he made these comments at the huge electronics show (CES) in Las Vegas.
According to a report in Business Insider, Ford's Global Vice President of Marketing and Sales, Jim Farley, was addressing data privacy issues when he made this statement. In all fairness to Farley, he did go on to say that Ford would never provide that data to anyone. He went on to say that, such data, in an anonymous fashion, could be used in a positive way. Farley cited an example of a stadium event where authorities could use the data from the vehicles to better know how to use their parking resources.
But, this revelation from Farley does lead to certain questions. Could the police confiscate this data if they were trying to prove that you were speeding? How do you feel about all of your driver data being tracked and recorded? Is this an invasion of privacy?
In many cases, this data is ultimately intended to be use to contribute to your own safety and well-being, but, the by-product is whether or not this data could be used for other reasons or get into the wrong hands.