While going under the dash of our recent 2005 Magnum purchase to fix a heater door problem, I came across a GPS tracker box. I'm almost positive it isn't factory/dealer installed. It's still wired, and blinking. We got the car from an auction, so we have no back history. Probably aftermarket installed with some company/service providing the tracking, that I'm sure by now has expired.
My question is, should I just leave it, and not risk disabling something, or yank it out, and hope for the best?
Your car is watching you. Who owns the data?
Computers on wheels raise thorny questions about data privacy
GPS trackers can be placed now days by anyone. One, to prevent theft, another to spy on a cheating spouse, another to monitor teens and driving locations, etc. In odd instances, even government agencies. It all depends on WHERE the device is found.
Chances are, they are never turned off nor expire. Data is still being collected. And with any state DMV with you being the owner, you are now the one being monitored.
If you found the device near or in the proximity of the radio, chances are, it's the dealer or the vehicle was on lease. Likewise, if the vehicle was used as a rental with an agency too.
Did you buy the vehicle second hand on a used lot? Did you sign any paperwork without reading the fine print vs. a private sale, then you could be subject to tampering due to the contract terms.
I've pulled a few out of Dodge Caravans from the early 2000s.