Your car dealer may be quietly selling your data to your insurer

 

Source: David Lazarus, L.A.Times ( Paid Registration )

A Calabasas resident, was supposed to drive fewer than 5,000 miles a year to get the discount. But State Farm said in an email that it believed he may have actually traveled 5,700 miles last year.  How would State Farm know? 

The answer lies in a shadowy web of companies buying and selling data on people’s driving habits.  The dealer apparently tells a data aggregator such as Experian or Carfax, which tells a data broker such as LexisNexis, which tells State Farm and other insurers.

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