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Car rental companies failing to protect customer data, claims Privacy International

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Car rental companies aren't wiping customer data from rental cars

Car rental companies and car-sharing schemes are failing to protect sensitive customer data, according to a recently published report by Privacy International.

The UK-based charity has found that car makers, and rental firms in particular, are negligent when it comes to protecting the privacy of drivers using the connected devices increasingly built-in to modern vehicles.

Companies are failing to look after a range of personal information, including locations they've visited, smart phone contents and places of residence.

As part of a research project, Privacy International rented a number of internet-connected cars in a bid to explore how information is collected and restored on their infotainment systems.

Every vehicle the charity rented exhibited serious privacy flaws when it came to personal data. The cars contained information about previous and current drivers,including locations visited and...(continued)

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