QOTD: How Much Privacy Will You Trade?

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey
qotd how much privacy will you trade

We've been on the privacy kick lately, reporting a bit this week on automaker plans to use technology to provide over-the-air updates and feature upgrades, at the possible expense of your privacy.


Matt has made his positions pretty clear in the articles he's authored. But everyone is different. Some folks will happily trade privacy for convenience, or just to use newfangled tech. Some of us are in between -- we don't like knowing how much these tech platforms and companies know about us, but we still use the products, either out of professional obligations, a sense of social necessity, or both. I count myself in this camp.

Where are you on this? Does this movement by OEMs make you want to buy a vehicle that's so old-school it doesn't even have an ECU? Are you OK with giving up some privacy data in order to operate the newest vehicles, even if it doesn't make you feel good? Or are you just fine with this?

Note: This QOTD is separate from asking if you're OK with paying for subscription features to be enabled via OTA updates. That's a separate question.

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  • Steve Biro Steve Biro on Oct 16, 2022

    Someone with the means should open up a company to "remanufacture" used cars. Not just the classics, either. A sporty coupe with manual transmission from the 90s or early oughts - with like-new reliability and comfort - would be on my radar.

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    • MaintenanceCosts MaintenanceCosts on Oct 18, 2022

      Ugh, I know. I just ordered new OEM replacements, for way too much money, for the soft-touch-coated cupholders and the trim piece they sit in for my 335i. They are peeling prematurely and are the only major defect in a near-perfect interior… and yet they're right up front, the most visible thing in it.


  • Drew8MR Drew8MR on Oct 16, 2022

    All my cars are still analog (not because stance, just coincidence) but considering I rarely even carry a phone (and when I do it's a dumb phone because they are smaller) I doubt I'd use any of it.

  • Slavuta Slavuta on Oct 17, 2022

    We're already monitored by tolls, road cameras, cell phones, etc.

    The problem with car monitoring you is that this data will be eventually purchased by insurance company. And police as well. And now they will have access to our black boxes. We're f--d

  • Summer Summer 3 days ago

    I will never trade in my privacy for convenience. Ever. I will fight it every step of the way.

    I have a 2007 Honda Civic LX Coupe automatic and want to buy a newer Honda Civic. I could have gotten some great deals on a 2020 or even 2022 recently, but when I see all the privacy invading equipment the newer cars come with now, I just can't do it. I also don't like the idea of something being on my car where the brakes could possibly be controlled or the engine immobilized. There was a lot of talk and speculation about how Anne Heche died-if her brakes or accelerator were controlled. I saw some guy post that that's why he will always keep his old car. I get it...

    So I'm stuck now having to look for Honda Civics that are 2012 and before, because 2013 is when they started the Privacy invading equipment. However, I'm not too thrilled about buying an 11-year-old car. I did want to stick with Honda, as I have always had them. But if anyone has any advice as to a very reliable compact car that's like a Honda, and I can get a newer year than a 2012, but without the Privacy invading garbage, let me know! Thanks!

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