BALTIMORE (WJZ) — From TVs to automobiles, buying new often means getting the latest technology, from touch screens to wi-fi capability. But is there a price for this accessibility?
The latest technology in and outside an automobile is often desired for someone looking to make a new purchase—but there could be a price for the bells and whistles.
“It seems convenient to them and that’s what’s sold to them but they don’t really know what the back end of it is,” said Cjay Philip.
AAA is advocating for the drivers as privacy rights are often overlooked while signing the terms and conditions for the new vehicle.
“It’s just part of a general transition into technology and information age,” said Maurin Mwombela.
Every time your phone connects to your vehicles wi-fi, your information is possibly being transmitted and shared—and what about the satellite capabilities?
“It’s just too much access to people’s personal information and the reason for that access is to take advantage of that and manipulating into sales and I get it. It’s advertising,” Philip said.
Right now, AAA is pushing for five benefits for drivers of those vehicles: transparency of the information being collected and how it’s being used; access and control of your data collected; choices on who can access to your information and security on protecting your information being gathered from unauthorized users.
“I think the police probably have more rights to this information than a car company would, because police can use it to help make society safer and better,” said Kat Mckay.
“I don’t think so,” said Mia Kimball. “Not good at all.”
It’s advised to carefully read everything when purchasing a newer vehicle.
Most drivers say they welcome information gathering to keep them safe but they are not 100% behind the information sharing.