Thursday, September 22, 2011

GMC 'OnStar' Begins Spying On Customers

OnStar’s latest T&C has some very unsettling updates to it, which include the ability to sell your personal GPS location information, speed, safety belt usage, and other information to third parties, including law enforcement. To add insult to a slap in the face, the company insists they will continue collecting and selling this personal information even after you cancel your service, unless you specifically shut down the data connection to the vehicle after canceling.

GMC OnStar has granted themselves the right to collect any and ALL information “for any purpose, at any time, provided that following collection of such location and speed information identifiable to your Vehicle, it is shared only on an anonymized basis.” Mind you we have to trust that GMC will actually keep it's word!

This gives full authority for GMC OnStar to now track and collect information about your current GPS position and speed any time and anywhere, instead of only in the rare, limited circumstances the old contract outlined.

Anonymized GPS data?  In the real world, for anyone with a computer, can UN-anonymize GPS data!   If your GMC vehicle is consistently parked at your home, driving down your driveway, or taking a left or right turn onto your street, its pretty obvious that this is where you live! What’s unique even more-so to OnStar is that the data they claim they sell as part of their business model is useless unless it’s specific; that is, not diluted to the nearest 10 mile radius, etc. This combination of analytics, and their prospective customers (law enforcement, marketers, etc) requires the data be disturbingly precise. Anyone armed with Google can easily do a phone book or public records search to find the name and address that resides at any given GMC GPS vehicle coordinate.

So it is a FACT that GMC will sell/pass along to anyone GOV. asking for the GPS location of your vehicle and your vehicle’s vital info collected by GMC OnStar.

What else will GMC Onstar be used for?

1) Vehicles that frequently speed, and provide law enforcement “traffic services” the ability to trace them back to their homes or businesses, as well as tell them where to set up speed traps.

2) For insurance companies who want to check and make sure you’re wearing your seat belt, or automatically give you rate increases if you speed, even if you’re never in an accident?

3) Drivers who shop at certain stores.

4) How about employers who purchase these records from these third parties to see where their employees (or prospective employees) travel to (and how fast)

5) Lawyers who want to subpoena these records to use against you if you’re ever sued,

6) GOV. agencies who want to monitor you,

7)Marketing firms

GMC OnStar’s also mentions that at some point, when the money offer is too high to ignore,  GMC Onstar WILL at some point be sold, and all of your information with it.

Then, a data collection company, such as a Google, Apple, dot GOV, will have TOTAL access to the entire GPS history of your GMC auto, turck, suv!


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