Your Car Is Spying on You, and a CBP Contract Shows the Risks

A “vehicle forensics kit” can reveal where you’ve driven, what doors you opened, and who your friends are.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBT) purchased technology that vacuums up reams of personal information stored inside cars, according to a federal contract reviewed by The Intercept, illustrating the serious risks in connecting your vehicle and your smartphone.

The contract, shared with The Intercept by Latinx advocacy organization Mijente, shows that CBP paid Swedish data extraction firm MSAB $456,073 for a bundle of hardware including five iVe “vehicle forensics kits” manufactured by Berla, an American company. A related document indicates that CBP believed the kit would be “critical in CBP investigations as it can provide evidence [not only] regarding the vehicle’s use, but also information obtained through mobile devices paired with the infotainment system.”

Well this is an interesting new attack angle on smartphones and just shows the goalposts keep shifting.


#technology #privacy #surveillance #iVe #forensics


Thanks for sharing

as one guy said on another post “any privacy tools for real life?”


Not when it comes to cars - only way really is not to connect your phone at all, but it will still know other data that the car captures.


What about no tools at all ?, isn’t that what has got us in this mess in the first place ??


Yep they starting to abuse people digital isn’t that great thing you tought it was


and they say that the computer chip shortage is hindering the supply of new cars.
they really refuse to just make ordinary cars without a micro chip. smh


Those days are very long gone - they’ve had primitive onboard computers for years. Great thing for mnaufacturers is many of tyhese parts can’t be serviced and they break - not good for consumers.


Randomise your BT MAC.


That makes zero difference though to what gets synced to your car when you connect it. Only way is not to connect at all if one is worried about it.

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