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Ford VP: ‘We have GPS in your car, so we know what you’re doing’

Modern automobiles are logging tremendous amounts of information every single second they’re being put to use, and a senior executive at the Ford Motor Company says car manufacturers have access to every last piece of it.

At the CES electronic trade show in Las Vegas this week, the  global vice president for Ford’s marketing and sales division  opened up about just exactly how much data is being collected by  his company’s latest line of smart cars.

“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,” Ford’s Jim Farley told a Vegas crowd on Wednesday,  according to Business  Insider reporter Jim Edwards.

“By the way, we don’t supply that data to anyone,”  Farley assured attendees.

But just as how National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden  revealed how the United States government compels  telecommunication companies for metadata pertaining to the phone  habits of millions of Americans on a regular basis, the sheer  face alone that this automotive data is being collected and  stored means it could someday be used by others.

Edwards described Farley’s remark as being “both sinister and  obvious.”

“Because of the GPS units installed in Ford vehicles, Ford  knows when its drivers are speeding, and where they are while  they’re doing it,” Edwards wrote. Should the company choose  to share that information with law enforcement, though, then it  could create an environment where surveillance extends off the  computer and onto the road.

bullet131 As many as 96 percent  of the cars mass-produced in 2013 included event data recorders,  RT reported last year, similar to the black boxes that log  information inside airplanes.

These cars are equipped with computers that collect massive  amounts of data,” Khaliah Barnes of the Electronic Privacy  Information Center told the New York Times then. “Without  protections, it can lead to all kinds of abuse,” she said.

According to Business Insider, Farley said this information is  being recorded in cars by Ford so that data aggregators and  analysts may someday later be able to use it in real time to help  solve problems, such as traffic congestion.

As RT reported  earlier this week, however, automobile owners don’t have a choice  for now as to whether or not they want their activities being  etched into the computers of car makers. The Government  Accountability Office released a report days before Farley’s  remarks detailing the results of an investigation into data  storage protocol among auto makers Ford, General Motors,  Chrysler, Toyota, Honda and Nissan and said that, across the  board, if companies retained data then “they did not allow  consumers to request that their data is deleted.”

The GAO says it would be a “recommended practice” for  auto makers to adopt a policy that lets drivers be sure their  personal driving data is destroyed upon request.

Sen. Al Franken (D-Minnesota) initially asked for the report to  be conducted, and upon its completion this week he issued a  statement saying more needs to be done to safeguard privacy in  the information age.

Modern technology now allows drivers to get turn-by-turn  directions in a matter of seconds, but our privacy laws haven’t  kept pace with these enormous advances,” Franken said.   “Companies providing in-car location services are taking  their customers’ privacy seriously – but this report shows that  Minnesotans and people across the country need much more  information about how data are being collected, what they’re  being used for, and how they’re being shared with third  parties.”

Source: rt.com

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