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Dashcam Flaw Allows Anyone to Track Drivers in Real-Time Across the US

BlackVue is a dashcam company with its own social network. With a small, internet-connected dashcam installed inside their vehicle, BlackVue users can receive alerts when their camera detects an unusual event such as someone colliding with their parked car. Customers can also allow others to tune into their camera’s feed, letting others “vicariously experience the excitement and pleasure of driving all over the world,” a message displayed inside the app reads. Users are invited to upload footage of their BlackVue camera spotting people crashing into their cars or other mishaps with the #CaughtOnBlackVue hashtag. But what BlackVue’s app doesn’t make clear is that it is possible to pull and store users’ GPS locations in real-time over days or even weeks. Motherboard was able to track the movements of some of BlackVue’s customers in the United States.

Details may be found at https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/wxedxb/blackvue-dashcams-users-location-tracked.

Categories: Offline Privacy & Security

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