Privacy4Cars is the first and only mobile app that has been designed to erase Personally Identifiable Information (PII) from modern mobility vehicles. Available as a free download on iOS and Android devices, the app's sole purpose is to quickly and efficiently delete personal data that may be retained in the infotainment systems of modern vehicles. The app was developed by Andrea Amico, an expert in vehicle privacy and cybersecurity. Amico found the company after noticing a growing industry frustration over how modern vehicles retain PII and the level of complexity to remove all that information.
And while private car owners may not need to remove the information of their vehicles constantly, people using car rentals may completely avoid using the infotainment systems offered just to not deal with the hassle of removing their information after. Amico's Privacy4Cars is the solution to simplifying vehicle security and privacy to consumers, dealers and car rental fleets. "To date, there has not been an adequate effort to educate vehicle users on the dangers of leaving their Personally Identifiable Information in vehicles they no longer use," Amico said in a statement. "People would not want to hand their phones and all their data to strangers - yet they often fail to realize that this is what they do every time they sell a vehicle, return a rental car, or participate in a car sharing or subscription program."
"In the wake of General Data Protection Regulation, consumers around the world are demanding to know where their personal information is being stored, and to use their right to be forgotten," "A simple way that vehicle owners and operators can protect their privacy is to be mindful of the data stored in vehicle infotainment systems and properly erase the information- especially if a car is sold, leased, rented, or shared." From his experience in the industry, Amico found that even when people make the effort to remove their information to delete personal data from the infotainment systems, they are forced to use outdated manuals or even pay a third party service provider or dealer.