First They Sell You a Car, Then They Spy on It - While You're Driving

Israeli cellular firm says car manufacturers are keeping tabs on their models via SIM cards.

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There's no privacy anywhere, it seems, even when you're alone in your own damn car. Israel Hayom reports that according to an Israeli cellular technology firm, some automobile manufacturers can and do keep track of what's going on under the hood while the vehicles are being driven.

By installing a cellular SIM card in the vehicle, manufacturers are keeping occasional tabs on how much gas the cars need, the kilometrage, the condition of the engine and every other maintenance category that's entered in the model's computer. This has been going on since 2010, say officials from Starhome, a Ra'anana-based company that services more than 200 cellular companies in some 130 countries.

There was no word on which companies are monitoring the cars they sold, or how many of them are under surveillance. But cellular industry officials say that by 2025, all new cars will be in the system. So if it's the freedom of the open road you're looking for, try the dustbin of history.

Illustration: Newly manufactured automobiles at a car dealership.Credit: Bloomberg

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