Who’s Tracking You? How to Avoid Car Tracking and Maintain Privacy In Your Car

The Multimedia Touch Screen In The Chevrolet Silverado Ev Driver Tracking
The multimedia touch screen in the Chevrolet Silverado EVCredit: Scotty Reiss

Privacy is hard to protect, and concerns should not be exclusive to your phone or computer; your car could be giving data about you to several different entities. Who wants your car tracking information, and what can you do to protect it?

General Motors and its subsidiary, OnStar, recently broke ties with LexisNexis and Verisk risk management companies after it was learned that new car owners inadvertently consented to sharing their driving data with those companies. Car buyers are suing GM and OnStar for misleading them to sign up for sharing their data and for other things. Some also allege their insurance rates increased because of the unknown monitoring after Verisk and LexisNexis sold those drivers’ data to insurance companies.

General Motors made money from selling that data, but they have since shut down the program, which is comforting. What isn’t so comforting is that nearly all cars with apps and connected services have the ability to track you and so may any others they permit to access this data.

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Who is Doing the Car Tracking? It Starts With Car Makers

Ford Bronco Sport Heritage Limited Edition
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You May Not Be Able to Use All Car Features if You Opt Out for Privacy

The Multimedia System Includes A 12.4-Inch Touch Screen With Apple Carplay And Android Auto Connectivity. Photo Allison Bell
Credit: Allison Bell

Insurance Companies Would Also Like Your Data

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Apps Related to Your Car Want Your Data Too, Please

The Multimedia Screen With Fixed Driver Feedback, Apps And Toolbar Is Framed By The Elegant Air Vents
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Pay Attention to Car Tracking Details

Subaru Solterra Squircle Steering Wheel Car Tracking
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Lastly, Other People Might Want Your Driver Tracking Data

Driving 1 - Toyota Sienna Woodland Edition - Holli Fourniquet Car Tracking
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It’s Up to You To Protect Your Privacy

The Cheby Blazer Ev Key
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