Preview: Think twice before syncing up to a rental car

(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) – A lot of new cars are “connected”, allowing drivers to pair a smartphone, sync contacts and talk hands free. Some systems save GPS data and favorites.

It’s convenient, but what happens to all that information collected by your car?

The Federal Trade Commission is warning consumers against syncing up those smartphones in rental cars. You risk leaving behind personal information–contacts, call logs, text messages–for the next driver.

Target 2 Consumer Alert spoke with Curt Esser, a cyber security consultant in Appleton.

Tammy Elliott, Target 2: Do you think this is something people think about?

Curt Esser: No. I think it is one of the last things that they’re going to think about, whether it’s a rental or buying a used vehicle.

Tammy spoke with Curt about ways to wipe these systems clean of your personal information. The full story airs on Action 2 News at 10.