Motherboard reports on growing privacy concerns surrounding the use of location tracking in internet-connected cars. As more cars are equipped with GPS tracking as an automatic feature, some have raised the issue that abusers are able to leverage the technology for misuse. While a Ford spokesperson explained a car owner can erase location history by implementing a “master reset” to restore factory settings, others argue that is not enough. Cindy Southworth, executive vice president of the National Network to End Domestic Violence and the founder of the Safety Net Project, explained how the current tracking default can be dangerous for some families. She called for increased transparency, allowing users to be notified of how their location is being logged and provide an option to discretely manage settings and their data.
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