People creeped out by auto data collection

Cars have been collecting data since the 1960's with event data recorders and diagnostic information.

Posted: May. 16, 2018 8:53 PM
Updated: May. 17, 2018 9:54 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Automakers are joining a growing list of industries constantly monitoring user's activities.

"I think it's kind of creepy," Kirsten Fanning said.

She said she's not worried about that data being out in the open.

"I think eventually. Right now, I'm caught up in my own life it's just kind of another thing, but I think we should be worried," said Fanning.

Cars have been collecting data since the 1960's with event data recorders and diagnostic information.

Industry experts said the computers on the first space shuttle only only 500,000 lines of software code.

In two years, cars will have 100 million lines of data.

"This is life now, all of your information gets out whether you sign a privacy agreement or not," said Lenora Humphrey- Cortez.

Now cars can track everything to how fast you're going, how hard you slam on the breaks and even your location.

General Motors was the first automaker to track data through it's OnStar service.

"It's weird. I was getting in my car one day and I looked at my phone and it was saying so many miles to work. I never inputted that I was going to work or anything," said Bernadette Davis.

ABI Research said there are 78 million cars on roads that have a cyber connection.

This allows automakers to pull data from your car without you realizing.

All this is done with your permission since it is part of the purchase agreement dealers make you sign.

Humphrey- Cortez feels dealers should do things differently.

"I think we should be told and I think we should be required to really take those papers home and read before we sign," she said.

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