Motor Trend has a very interesting article showing how much data your car is gathering about you, and to whom it's reporting it - directly and indirectly.
What if there was a way for you to determine whether your car is collecting data and sending it to a third party? It's not an unreasonable or paranoid question to ask in our age of software-defined vehicles and connected cars. That's the aim of Privacy4Cars' new free privacy report service that gives owners a peek into what sort of data is harvested from their cars, how it's used, and who it's sent to ... Privacy4Cars generates a sort of window sticker, like the one you get with your new car outlining its features, fuel economy, pricing, and more, but for data use.
Simply go to https://vehicleprivacyreport.com/ and enter your ride's Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). You may be surprised at what you learn.
Vehicle manufacturers are cashing in on all the information they collect from you. They resell it in a number of ways. In so many words, you've become a permanent cash cow for them, first by buying your vehicle, and then by continuing to use it. I don't recall the manufacturers ever explaining that to us except in the most veiled, innocuous terms.
If that makes you angry, you aren't alone.