Your phone knows many things that can make a rental car feel like home — your music, your location history, your phone log.
But while you’ll likely forget your rental after you hand the keys back, it may not forget about you.
If you connect a mobile device to a rental car, “the car may also keep your mobile phone number, call and message logs, or even contacts and text messages,” says a warning published yesterday by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.
The warning was written by Lisa Weintraub Schifferle, a U.S. federal government lawyer who is an expert on identity theft.
WATCH: Privacy advocates are sounding the alarm about new car technology that collects a wide variety of information from drivers. These so-called “connected cars” are linked to the internet and provide services like navigation, parking assistance and entertainment. Jeremy Hunka reports.
Here’s what you can do:
Schifferle didn’t say so, but common sense says that the same logic applies when you’re selling your car, if you’ve paired a mobile device to it — much more so, since a car you’ve had for years will know much more about you than a rental.
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