Car thieves are using Trade Me, an online classifieds site, to find and steal desirable cars, reports The New Zealand Herald. Thieves scan the site for pictures of vehicles that include number plates and then use the number plate to retrieve the owner's registration information through a post office or other outlet, giving them the owner's address. Though Trade Me took significant steps to protect members' privacy, Chris Budge, trust and safety manager, said, "There's absolutely nothing anyone can do" to stop thieves when a member posts a vehicle photo with a number plate. The Office of the Privacy Commissioner will restrict access to registration information starting 1 November, when people will have to submit an application to the Transport Authority to get registration data.
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