Nissan car secretly shares driver data with websites

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Nissan car secretly shares driver data with websites

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| 06/13/2011
| Dan Goodin

Posted on 06/13/2011 8:07:08 PM PDT by Kieri

Electric cars manufactured by Nissan surreptitiously leak detailed information about a driver’s location, speed and destination to websites accessed through the vehicle’s built in RSS reader, a security blogger has found.

The Nissan Leaf is a 100-percent electric car that Nissan introduced seven months ago. Among its many innovations is a GSM cellular connection that lets drivers share a variety of real-time data about the car, including its location, driving history, power consumption, and battery reserves. Carwings, as the service is known, then provides a number of services designed to support “eco-driving,” such as break downs of the vehicle’s energy efficiency based on comparisons with other owners.

But according to Seattle-based blogger Casey Halverson, Carwings includes the detailed data in all web requests the Nissan Leaf sends to third-party servers that the driver has subscribed to through RSS, or real simple syndication. Each time the driver accesses a given RSS feed, the car’s precise geographic coordinates, speed, and direction are sent in clear text. The data will also include the driver’s destination if it’s programmed in to the Leaf’s navigation system, as well as data available from the car’s climate control settings.

“All of these lovely values are being provided to any third party RSS provider you configure: CNN, Fox News, Weather Channel, it doesn’t matter!” Halverson wrote here. “While a lot of these providers are probably not aware of these (rather valuable) parameters the car passes, they probably sit in thousands of HTTP logs already, waiting to be parsed out – or perhaps supported in the future.”

There is no way to prevent the data from being sent, and the Carwings service issues no warning that third parties are receiving the data, Halverson added.

The revelation is the latest example of a location-based service with the potential to seriously jeopardize the privacy of its users. Data collected by both Apple’s iPhone and Google’s Android mobile operating system have created concern among some researchers and privacy advocates. In April, navigation device maker TomTom apologized for supplying driving data collected from customers to police to use in catching speeding motorists.

Halverson told The Reg Carwings asks users for permission to send location-based data to Nissan, but he said there is no warning that the same information also gets shared with all RSS feeds the user has subscribed to.

“The data is inadvertently being leaked out ,” he said. “I don’t think there is any ill intent.”

Third-party websites could use the information to tailor services in real time based on the driver’s location, direction and other data. But with that data being secretly shared with third parties each time a driver accesses an RSS subscription, it’s easy to imagine Carwings becoming a privacy liability for users whose whereabouts are sensitive, such as those who work with survivors of domestic abuse or those in law enforcement. ®

TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Extended News; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: leaf; rss; security

No “ill intent”??


posted on 06/13/2011 8:07:20 PM PDT
by Kieri

To: Kieri

It’s no issue because no one buys Nissan electric cars. I mean what data will be “leaked out”? Which gay clubs the driver goes to?

To: Kieri

In April, navigation device maker TomTom apologized for supplying driving data collected from customers to police to use in catching speeding motorists.

That should answer any questions about whether to buy a Tom Tom or a Garmin.

To: steelyourfaith; Red Badger

posted on 06/13/2011 8:12:58 PM PDT
by Army Air Corps
(Four fried chickens and a coke)

To: Graybeard58

We are slowly losing freedom to just come and go, when and where we want to, without being tracked.

There are GPS transponders in almost all cellular phones. And now cars are going to have these transponders as well????

We are rapidly approaching Orwell’s 1984, with a Big Brother watching us.

Many don’t think about it, but most shopping malls, department stores, supermarkets, 7-11, gas stations, have surveillance cameras. So your picture is taken many times a day as you go about your business.

Not saying that retailers don’t need to fight shoplifting. I know why they installed surveillance cameras. Just making an observation that we are almost in Orwell’s society as described in “1984”.

To: max americana

posted on 06/13/2011 8:33:42 PM PDT
by Secret Agent Man
(I’d like to tell you, but then I’d have to kill you.)

To: Kieri; Daffynition; a fool in paradise; JoeProBono

There is a hidden camera in all new cars located down on the floor between the accelerator and the brake pedals. I thought everyone knew that?! Fed rule, to prevent and record the sudden acceleration syndrome we have all experienced one time or another (those of us who have survived it, that is.) And that, my FRiends, is the source of the Anthony Weiner crotch photos!

To: Revolting cat!

posted on 06/13/2011 8:49:27 PM PDT
by JoeProBono
(A closed mouth gathers no feet)

To: Revolting cat!

posted on 06/13/2011 8:53:41 PM PDT
by JoeProBono
(A closed mouth gathers no feet)

To: Graybeard58

What did they do link it to the net through their phone ?


posted on 06/13/2011 9:31:40 PM PDT
by Squantos
(Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)

To: Dilbert San Diego

The devil on my left shoulder says they’re up to no good while the angel on my right says they just want to know which potholes to fill first……

All pro an con aside its technology that will be abused more an more. Mileage tax comes to mind.

Bad joo joo.

posted on 06/13/2011 9:37:12 PM PDT
by Squantos
(Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)

To: Army Air Corps; marvlus; DollyCali; markomalley; Bockscar; Thunder90; Dr. Bogus Pachysandra; …

posted on 06/14/2011 12:17:15 AM PDT
by steelyourfaith
(If it’s “green” … it’s crap !!!)

To: Squantos

Yeah, the mileage tax needs to be squashed, and squashed badly, any time it rears its ugly head. The technology it will ultimately require will be used immediately for detailed government tracking of everywhere you go. EZ Passes for tolls are bad enough.

posted on 06/14/2011 4:17:29 AM PDT
by FreedomPoster
(Islam delenda est)

To: Revolting cat!

Dad’s old Buick Roadmaster had a button on the floor that you could press; it turned on/off the high-beam lights…ya mean….*that* was a camera looking up my skirt? EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEKkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk!!!!

posted on 06/14/2011 4:37:06 AM PDT
by Daffynition
(“Don’t just live your life, but witness it also.”)

To: Squantos

What did they do link it to the net through their phone ?

I don’t know but the article says that Tom Tom was doing it, I have a Garmin G.P.S. and for all I know Garmin does it too. though the article didn’t say that.

I have know for a long time that some rental car companies equip their cars with the capability to track your speed and buried somewhere in the fine print of the contract you sign to get the car is a clause, saying they can penalize you for speeding in their car.

I don’t do any major crimes but the erosion of privacy does concern me.

To: Graybeard58

Agree….. Innocent till they fabricate per se….:o)

posted on 06/14/2011 1:48:24 PM PDT
by Squantos
(Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)

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