Data Security Problem For Car Dealers

Automotive dealerships give data access to authorized vendors on a daily basis. This is nothing new and has been going on for quite some time for things like inventory, sales and other business related operations. But now they are wondering who is taking what?

At an editorial board meeting with Automotive News, the Chairman of the National Automobile Deals Association, David Wescott, state that the average dealership has about 17 vendors pulling information from their databases on any given night. The problem is that this often happens without anyone from the dealership know who's grabbing the data.

It's important for the dealerships to be aware of what's going on as there are federal and state penalties if personal information that they collect from their customers is leaked to unauthorized people.

"They have to make sure that they have the confidentiality agreements with their vendors," he said. "And if the vendor is extracting something that the manufacturer needs four pieces of data for, why are they taking 25 pieces of data?"

That's a very good question and one that the dealership really need to get a handle on. When you purchase a car, personal information, such as your address, phone, social security number and more, could be at risk of exploitation.

Just when you though gaming sites being compromised was all you had to concern yourself with.