MERCEDES HAS SPARKED PRIVACY CONCERNS BY ADMITTING IT SPIES ON DRIVERS WITH TRACKING DEVICES COVERTLY INSTALLED IN ITS CARS | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

MERCEDES HAS SPARKED PRIVACY CONCERNS BY ADMITTING IT SPIES ON DRIVERS WITH TRACKING DEVICES COVERTLY INSTALLED IN ITS CARS

SOURCE: THE SUN UK

MERCEDES has sparked a privacy row by admitting it spies on drivers with tracking devices covertly installed in its cars.

Drivers who buy a Mercedes through a finance plan give their permission for the vehicle to be tracked when signing lengthy terms and conditions

The secret sensors, fitted to all new and used motors sold by the firm’s dealers, pinpoint the vehicle’s exact location.

The firm sold more than 170,000 new cars in Britain alone last year.

Mercedes will not say how long it has used the sensors.

And it insists they are only activated in “extreme circumstances” — when finance customers have defaulted on their payments.

But it admits sharing car owner information and vehicle location details with third-party bailiffs and recovery firms who repossess the cars.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Color me completely unsurprised by this development, and look for other auto manufacturers, to follow suit.

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