'Cars now run on the new oil — your data.'

What data does your car gather about you? Where does it go? Who has access to it?

Quite the story today from Washington Post technology columnist Geoffrey Fowler [@geoffreyfowler], and quite the viral quote: "Cars now run on the new oil: your data."

Most cars sold in America in 2020 will ship to consumers with built-in and always-on Internet connections, and multiple on-board computers. Where does all that data go?

"We're at a turning point for driving surveillance — and it's time for car makers to come clean," Fowler writes. Make sure to read the whole piece in the Washington Post, in addition to the insightful extras in his Twitter thread.

And — Get a load of the forensics experiment he did with the help of a computer security professional. It's not easy getting them out of the vehicle's hardware, for starters!


Read and watch the full washingtonpost.com feature here:

What does your car know about you? We hacked a Chevy to find out. Our privacy experiment found that automakers collect data through hundreds of sensors and an always-on Internet connection. Driving surveillance is becoming hard to avoid. [washingtonpost.com]