I happened across an article in The Globe & Mail that discusses the privacy issues that today’s modern cars present.


The article cites a 2019 study by McKinsey and Co., that cars today can collect up to 25 gigabytes of data an hour. This can include location, speed, vehicle dynamics, and even what channels you listen to on SiriusXM radio – all of which could be shared with third parties, depending on the system.

Those who are renting or planning on selling their vehicle, should also be aware of the personal info you may be leaving behind for the next driver.

In addition to your GPS-stored addresses and routes, if you sync your phone with the in-car infotainment system, data such as your contact list, texts, phone calls, photos and internet passwords will remain in its memory.

Check your owner’s manual for instructions on how to reset the system before parting with your vehicle.

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