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Don't Leave Private Digital Data in Your Car

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June 22, 2020—You wouldn't resell a smartphone without wiping it of all your personal information. Now it's the same with connected vehicles.

An article in Engineering and Technology shows how some vehicle owners are already leaving sensitive information on vehicles that are resold. That includes smartphone synchronization data, navigation, music streaming and more.

Research cited in the story found that nearly a third of a study group of drivers who had sold their vehicles recently took no action to remove their personal information from the vehicle. Most didn't follow the factory instructions to manually remove data.

Owners of vehicles that have connective technology, including bluetooth pairing, should consult their owner's manuals about what kinds of data the vehicles retain (and how to remove it).

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