Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Auto insurance companies and car dealerships are spying on you

Warning, if you used the DealerApp you've just given approximately 500 car dealerships all your personal information!

"The personal information collected by the apps and allegedly transmitted to DealerApp included the consumer’s name, email address, telephone number, and the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) of the vehicle purchased, among other data. The state alleged that DealerApp failed to disclose to consumers that this data was being transmitted by DealerApp, in violation of the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act. Some of the data was provided to third-party data analytics companies, again without disclosure, the state charged."

According to Consumer Affairs.com "About 500 dealers world-wide, including 38 in New Jersey, are DealerApp clients."

“The number of threats to online privacy appear to be growing by the day,” said Steve Lee, Acting Director of the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs. “No one should be able to profit from the personal information of others that has been obtained through cyber fraud or violations of privacy.”

Here are a few new car apps that might be also spying on you, "TrueCar," "Cars.com," "CarChecker ," "Edmunds," "CarMax ," "Kelley Blue Book."  Keep in mind anytime you voluntarily give away your personal information, anyone & everyone will have access to it.

Read the rest of this Orwellian story here 


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