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Hidden Risks with Rental Cars

Hidden Risks with Rental Cars

There are generally two scenarios that prompt the need for a rental car, you’re traveling, or you’ve been involved in a motor vehicle crash. Putting the pieces together after a motor vehicle crash can be difficult. Aside from physical damages, there’s almost always financial and logistical issues to work out, like securing a rental car.

Recently, USA Today published an article outlining a hidden risk that may accompany your car rental. According to the report, using a vehicle’s Bluetooth system may put you at risk for identify theft.

Major rental-car companies have no policies to delete sensitive information collected during the trip once you return the car, according to a report from Privacy International supported by Consumer Watchdog and other groups.

“Your name and navigation history is valuable personal information,” the report says. “Combine this information with a bit of open source intelligence, such as social media profiles, and you can track down individuals.” – USA TODAY

If you’re renting a vehicle be sure to talk to the rental company about their privacy policies. And, as a reminder, you should never attempt to set up Bluetooth while driving, this is an easy way to become distracted behind the wheel and could easily cause a crash.

Andrew Finkelstein

Mr. Finkelstein is the Managing Partner of Finkelstein & Partners, LLP. He has become a noted consumer activist through his representation of injured individuals against corporate wrongdoers and irresponsible parties. An accomplished litigator, Mr. Finkelstein has represented Plaintiffs in wrongful death and catastrophic personal injury cases. He has successfully handled dozens of multi-million dollar cases.