A shocking statement made by Ford executive Jim Farley, vice president of marketing and sales at Ford, reveals that Ford apparently is tracking their customers vehicles location by it’s internal GPS…
“We know everyone who breaks the law, we know when you’re doing it. We have GPS in your car, so we know what you’re doing…”
The sinister statement was made at the 2014 CES convention in Las Vegas – ‘the’ big electronics trade-show.
Business Insider first reported that Farley was trying to describe how much data Ford has on its customers and that because of the GPS units installed in Ford vehicles, Ford knows when many of its drivers are speeding, and where they are while they’re doing it.
Later, Farley retracted his statement.
Of privacy concern, Ford cars have several on-board services including “Sync Services Directions”, “911 Assist”, and “Crew Chief”, apparently each of which will interface with GPS and the Ford “mother ship”.
It is unclear if and how often that Ford will ping a vehicle based on these services or other unknowns, and who all may or may not be receiving this tracking information…
Given the widely known revelations of government NSA spying on Americans through a wide variety of mechanisms including through corporate gateways and cooperation, it is a reasonable suspicion to suspect that Ford’s internal vehicle GPS is a vulnerability to one’s privacy.
Following the statements made by Farley, Senator Al Franken is demanding answers from the Ford Motor Company (I wonder if he has a Ford?). Franken, a Democrat, is chairman of the Senate subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law.