A hot potato: In more news that suggests car manufacturers might want to slow down on the amount of tech they pack into their vehicles, a study by the Mozilla Foundation has declared that modern cars are a privacy nightmare.
Researchers Jen Caltrider, Misha Rykov, and Zoë MacDonald write that cars are officially the worst product category they have ever reviewed for privacy.
The authors spent 600 hours researching 25 car brands, finding that all of them collect too much personal data and use it for a reason other than to operate your vehicle and manage their relationship with the customer.
Vehicle companies are able to collect a slew of data on users from a variety of sources: the car's connected services, its companion app, and third-party sources like Sirius XM or Google Maps.
The data that is collected ranges from where you drive, how fast you drive, and what songs you play, to intimate details like genetic information and your sex life.
A worrying 84% of the companies in the study share customer data, while 76% say they can sell it. Over half (56%) also say they can share your information with the government or law enforcement in response to a "request."
Only two companies give users the right to have their personal data deleted. These were Renault and Dacia, which are owned by the same parent company and neither of whom sells their cars in the US.
Mozilla suggests that the only solution to the problem of car manufacturers collecting more data than necessary is to increase awareness in the hope that it will encourage others to hold these companies accountable for their privacy practices. Mozilla is also asking car firm to stop their huge data collection programs and has launched a petition for others to lend their support, which you can sign here.