Is your car spying on you? This is what one woman said happened to her

WSBTV Data Sharing Story 04.01.2024

The Center for Auto Safety is the nation’s premier independent, member driven, non-profit consumer advocacy organization dedicated to improving vehicle safety, quality, and fuel economy on behalf of all drivers, passengers, and pedestrians.

“Your car is essentially turning into a computer and collecting data on you as you drive. And that data is worth something, particularly to your insurance company,” executive director of the Center for Auto Safety Michael Brooks said.

By Justin Gray, WSB-TV
March 29, 2024

When Temieka Clay shopped around for new car insurance she got a denial letter. The letter suggested she check her LexisNexis report to find out why.

When she did, she found 603 records from the OnStar computer system in her Chevy Camaro.

General Motors had provided her car’s data to data brokers.

“The OnStar app, you think safety if it gets stolen. But certainly not spying on me and sending information to the insurance company,” Clay told Channel 2 consumer investigator Justin Gray.

Clay learned the Onstar system is tracking things like acceleration events, high speed events and hard break events and GM has been sharing that data with data brokers.

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