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Ford: ‘We have GPS in your car, so we know what you’re doing’

Posted By Giuseppe Macri On 1:25 PM 01/10/2014


A top Ford executive made a startling admission about the amount of data the auto maker tracks from its customers at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show this week.

“We know everyone who breaks the law, we know when you’re doing it,” Ford Vice-President Jim Farley told a crowd in Las Vegas during the show. “We have GPS in your car, so we know what you’re doing.”

 The global marketing and sales division chief was trying to make a larger point about the amount of real-time data Ford has on drivers that could be used in the future to alleviate problems like traffic congestion.

“By the way, we don’t supply that data to anyone,” Farley said according to a Business Insider report.

Of all mass-produced vehicles in 2013, about 96 percent had computers recording and transmitting the type of data Farley was talking about. Police have even begun using such data to investigate car accidents.

Last month Ford unveiled a self-driving car equipped with a LIDAR (light radar) mapping system and onboard cameras – location and visual technology that is likely to find its way into more and more future models.

Though his point shouldn’t come as a surprise, it also comes after half a year’s worth of revelations about the length and breadth of previously unknown National Security Agency surveillance programs, many of which have since been deemed in clear violation of privacy and civil rights laws by state and federal courts and legislatures.

Until those programs leaked thanks to former agency contractor Edward Snowden, the NSA consistently obtained secret warrants to access the private user data housed by internet and telephone service providers by falsifying or misrepresenting information.

Certain documents allege some of Silicon Valley’s largest companies gave the NSA direct access to their data stores, and when the signals intelligence agency didn’t have that, it hacked in with questionable legal justification and took what it wanted anyway.

After such recent federal privacy and surveillance concerns, it isn’t unimaginable that companies like Ford could be subpoenaed, solicited or hacked for the real-time user data of millions of drivers in much the same way.

“These cars are equipped with computers that collect massive amounts of data,” Khaliah Barnes of the Electronic Privacy Information Center told the New York Times last July.

“Without protections, it can lead to all kinds of abuse,” Barnes said.
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Re: Ford: ‘We have GPS in your car, so we know what you’re doing’
« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2014, 03:27:30 PM »
Hardly new news.  GM's OnStar was founded in 1995.

Cellular phones locate the caller and recipients Smartphone "navigation" systems locate users,

etc.

And finally in rotary dial days, phone companies turned over phone records, when requested---eg. Old School NSA haystack info. was already there decades ago

And even more finally, it doesn't matter much to have sophisticated national security intelligence capabilities, if the political leaders won't fight wars to win.

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Re: Ford: ‘We have GPS in your car, so we know what you’re doing’
« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2014, 02:09:57 AM »
If you have a cell phone or a smart phone in your pocket it's too late, you are already on the grid. Ford or John Deere tractor, makes no difference.  Where I work your company badge with its electronic chip can track our location.   Someone leaves company property to go to a "supposed"  offsite meeting and ends of on a golf course - they can find out. 
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Re: Ford: ‘We have GPS in your car, so we know what you’re doing’
« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2014, 10:50:27 PM »
  Someone leaves company property to go to a "supposed"  offsite meeting and ends of on a golf course - they can find out.


~LOL~ some of the controllers I worked with would have hated that.........
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Re: Ford: ‘We have GPS in your car, so we know what you’re doing’
« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2014, 10:51:09 PM »
Just another reason to invest in restoring and upgrading an older auto.

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Re: Ford: ‘We have GPS in your car, so we know what you’re doing’
« Reply #5 on: January 14, 2014, 02:16:30 AM »
Just another reason to invest in restoring and upgrading an older auto.

Not to mention that they are better build quality, more reliable and easier to repair.

Of course, you also need to be able to read a map, memorize routes and be willing to not carry your cellphone, as Navy said.

I keep a cellphone in the car, along with charger - but only put the SIM card in if I need to make a call, say during a breakdown or an accident. No SIM card, no tracking.
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