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Shiny new Car

A lifestyle blog is best defined as a digital content representation of it’s author’s everyday life and interests.  Bloggers create content inspired and curated from their personal interests and daily activities.  This blog’s content is centered around my lifestyle, and connected to others who have similar interests and live in the same universe as I do. Therefore, this post fall right in line.

Protecting your personal information can help reduce your risk of identity theft. You should know who you share information with; store and dispose of your personal information securely; ask questions before sharing; and maintain good security on your computers and other electronic devices. In the last decade, car entertainment systems have morphed into something so much more than an AM/FM receiver, cassette deck, and a CD player. Bluetooth, USB connections, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, MirrorLink, and upcoming wireless NFC connections, all allow our smartphones to seamlessly integrate into Infotainment systems. But be warned: once connected, these marvels of technology know more about what goes on in your phone than you’d ever believe.

What information is being accessed?

How about your phone book, your call log, your text messages, photos, social media feeds and every single place you’ve been? If someone has the software, the machine expertise and access to your car, it’s all there for the taking — and someone does.  Cars have become rolling listening posts. They also log queries to websites, record what radio stations you listen to, even tell you when you are breaking the law by exceeding the speed limit. Automakers, local governments, retailers, insurers and tech companies are eager to leverage this information, especially as cars transform from computers on wheels into something more like self-driving shuttles. And they want to tap into even more data, including what your car’s video cameras see as you travel down a street. Here’s what can happen:

Let’s say – – – your Friend was involved in a serious car crash and no witnesses were available. Criminal Investigators can get permission to download the suspect Automobile’s infotainment and telematics systems and make an Arrest. Yes!  Your Friend’s Shiny new SUV infotainment system can bear witness against him. He did not have to say a word.  That car gave so much information to Investigators, that they could determine the drivers whereabouts before and after the crash. The tracklog history. . . showed that he came from Club Hit the Spot and according to the infotainment system’s event log, the head lights were not turned on when the SUV left the club. The event log also showed the vehicle being placed into reverse, and driven several times at the scene of the accident off the side of the road, near a section of trees. The tracklog history showed the SUV departing the scene of the accident and headed to the local hospital. Several hours later, the SUV navigates from the hospital to a location saved “home” in infotainment system. . . That Damn Car!

Not just your personal car, but Rental Cars too. You always wanted to drive the new Audi and rented it at the airport. It came with all the bells and whistles – like navigation, hands-free calls and texts, streaming music and even web browsing. But did you know that this Audi can keep your personal information, long after you’ve returned it?  It may keep locations you entered in GPS or visited when travelling – like where you work or live. Unless you delete that data before you return the car, other people may view it, including future renters, rental car employees or even hackers.

What Can Be Collected?

Government rules limit how event data recorders – the black boxes in cars that record information such as speed and seatbelt position in the seconds before, during and after a crash can be used. But no single law in the United States covers all the data captured by other devices include radar sensors, diagnostic systems, in-dash navigation systems and built-in cellular connections. Newer cars may record a driver’s eye movements, the weight of people in the front seats and whether the driver’s hands are on the wheel. Smartphones connected to the car, and those not connected, can also track your activities, including any texting while driving. There are few rules or laws in the United States that govern what data can be collected and used by companies. Typically, a driver agrees to be tracked and monitored by checking off a box on one of the user agreement forms needed to register a car’s in-dash system or a navigation app. In most cases, the driver must agree to such terms to use an app or service. You should do your own investigation & see what your car can do for you and to you.

That’s not all there is. I know this is too long, especially if you are reading this on a mobile phone. And I have more to share. So, I made it into two posts. Stay tuned for part two, coming soon. .

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  • Reply Antionette Blake

    Yes sis, IoT is no joke and it reminds of those old campy black and white movies of the past which is now our present, so can you imagine the future?

    10/14/2017 at 10:21 am
    • Reply Neti

      Thanks Sis.

      10/14/2017 at 8:43 pm
  • Reply Oh to Be a Muse

    So what’s your overall suggestion in this age of information that we live in?

    10/16/2017 at 12:47 pm
  • Reply Neti*

    We should be more careful with our data, that’s all I can say. Hey. . whatever happened to mapquest?

    10/16/2017 at 8:42 pm
  • Reply Missy May

    I couldn’t agree more with this post. Somewhere around last year my bank account was cleared empty by fraudsters and the bank couldn’t even believe how it was done. While it was being investigated, the fraudster tapped my phone so all my calls when straight to them. I was beyond shocked! It felt like I was in a movie sis. Thank God everything was solved after few months.
    Great post Mz Neti!

    10/18/2017 at 1:50 pm
    • Reply Neti*

      So, so sorry to hear Sis. When we least expect it, we get attacked. Be on your guard my dear and keep fighting for what’s yours!!

      10/18/2017 at 8:42 pm
  • Reply nerline

    I love technology, but this is way too scary. I like online shopping/banking and paying my bills online. That’s as far as I go when it comes to using my personal information online. I don’t like complications, and these cars today are too complicated for me. Great post as always, sis.

    10/19/2017 at 10:30 am
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