Today, U.S. Sen.
Last week, a top Ford executive told an industry panel, "We know everyone who breaks the law, we know when you're doing it. We have GPS in your car, so we know what you're doing. By the way, we don't supply that data to anyone." Although Ford has issued a series of statements walking back these remarks, the company has provided only minor clarification on the claim that Ford does not share location data with anyone.
In a letter sent today, which you can read herehttp://www.franken.senate.gov/files/documents/140114FordLetter.pdf or below,
"The GAO investigation found that in-car navigation companies need to give drivers more information and more clarity about how they use and share consumers' location data," said
"I believe this is too little transparency," wrote
Protecting Minnesotans' and Americans' consumer rights and privacy has been a priority for
You can read the letter here or below.http://www.franken.senate.gov/files/documents/140114FordLetter.pdf
I'm writing to express my concern about a recent statement from a Ford executive regarding company tracking and sharing of drivers' location data.
According to media reports, last week, Ford's Global Vice President of Marketing and Sales,
Shortly after making this statement,
Last week, I released a comprehensive report by the
The GAO's core conclusion is that while companies are taking steps to protect consumer privacy, they need to give their customers more information about how and why they are collecting their location data, and why they are sharing it with third parties. According to the GAO, nine of the ten companies surveyed gave customers reasons for collecting their location data that were so "broadly worded" that they would "potentially allow for unlimited data collection and use." Five of the ten companies surveyed did not tell their customers why the companies were sharing those individuals' location data.
I believe this is too little transparency. American drivers deserve better - and
In light of this confusion, I respectfully request that you provide answers to the following questions by
(1) What location information does Ford collect from drivers of Ford vehicles?
(2) How exactly does Ford obtain a driver's consent for that collection?
(3) Does Ford share any location data with anyone?
(4) What kind of location data does Ford share, and with whom does Ford share it?
(5) Does Ford share location data, in any form, with government agencies or law enforcement? If so, does Ford require a warrant before sharing that data?
(6) How exactly does Ford protect the privacy of the data that it does and does not share?
(7) How long does Ford retain this data?
(8) How long is this data retained by the third parties who have received this data from Ford?
Thank you for your time and attention to this matter.
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