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    I pretty much automatically read “has an app” as “spews sensor data across the Internet with no meaningful authentication” now. This failure is egregious but not at all surprising, which is an unfortunate condemnation of the current state of affairs.

    On the other hand, the company fixed it in a reasonable timeframe once notified, which is more than I would have expected.

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      My car insurance company wanted me to install one of those devices so they could “lower my bill”.

      I said screw that. We all know that data is going to be misused eventually, I’ll pay a few bucks and keep that shred of privacy intact.

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        They’re very pushy about it. They kept harassing my friend who has a Tesla which doesn’t even have an OBDII port. The reps never believed him when he told them it won’t work on his car.

        It seems like they’re being pushed HARD to make everyone use these devices to track their “driving habits”.

        Additionally I refuse to sign up for any grocery store loyalty programs, but I realize they already have my name with each credit card purchase and the modern POS systems could probably be capturing wifi/Bluetooth data at the time of transaction.

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          They kept harassing my friend who has a Tesla which doesn’t even have an OBDII port. The reps never believed him when he told them it won’t work on his car.

          Pretty sure they do. Here’s a picture of someone tapping into it.

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            Has that existed on every version of the Model S? He had the first model.

            Hmmm…

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              I’m pretty sure all cars since 1995 are supposed to have OBD2.

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            but I realize they already have my name with each credit card purchase

            So after all that privacy rant you still use credit cards?