‘Be cautious’: The car brands that collect the most data – how to protect yourself

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According to the study, Tesla was found to be the manufacturer which collects the most data on the driver. Given that they have some of the most intelligent cars on the market, their personalised driving experience needs copious amounts of data to function at full capacity.

Personal details such as name, phone number and address are the most commonly collected data points.

Location is stored by all cars to allow you to use your navigation system within the car.

The cars were ranked based on the data collected for drivers’ personal information, driving characteristics, infotainment, videos and images and emissions.

Tesla scored the joint highest mark for driving characteristics along with Audi, Volkswagen and Kia.

The research, from Confused.com, gave Tesla a score of 20 out of 28, the highest by just one mark above Audi.

This is more than double the amount of data points collected compared to brands like Ford, Land Rover and Honda. 

Unsurprisingly, Tesla collected the most information of any of the brands through videos and images, based on the numerous cameras inside and outside the car.

Whilst these are used for road safety and vehicle and pedestrian detection, there are fears they may be retaining the data.

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Of the 15 brands analysed, Dacia was found to collect the least amount of data, with a collective total of five out of 28.

There were also only three manufacturers which collected data on emissions, those being Volvo, Jaguar and Land Rover.

This may soon increase as car makers look to lower the carbon emissions of the vehicles they produce, especially with the 2030 ban on sales of new petrol and diesel cars closing in.

Chris Clark, an automotive software security expert at Synopsis, said drivers needed to remove all of the Bluetooth data to help lower the risk of having their data stolen.

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