As we spend more our lives connected to the interwebs, our privacy becomes increasingly vulnerable. And one place in particular that’s gotten hotter over the years in terms of connectivity is the car. Automotive News calls them “smartphones on wheels.” To ensure protection, a group of automakers, including General Motors, have made a big move to protect the privacy of automobile consumers.
What it boils down to is transparency. Principles drawn up by the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and the Association of Global Automakers would require automakers to “disclose to consumers the types of data they collect and how that data is to be used or shared.”
And no, these policies will not be buried in fine print somewhere. Consumers will be able to review the specifics of these protection policies in “owner’s manuals, on displays inside vehicles or on internet-based registration portals managed by the companies.” Automobile data disclosure adds a whole new dimension to car-buying. We here at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet are proud that GM has moved on their own to protect their customers.