Volkswagen and its Audi subsidiary are notifying 3.3 million people in the U.S and Canada of a breach of personal information.
For most affected individuals, exposed data includes their name, mailing address, email address and phone numbers. It may also include information about a vehicle that has been purchased. Even people who looked a leasing a car, may have been a victim. Some of the date included make, and models, including color! of vehicles people were interested in.
However, for 90,000 individuals in the United States, more personal data may have been lost. Volkswagen says the driver’s license numbers were leaked. And some within that group may have also had their birth dates, Social Security numbers, account or loan numbers leaked.
Data Left Unsecured
Volkswagen says the vendor that exposed the data had collected the data between 2014 and 2019. That company left the data unsecured for 21 months some time between August 2019 and ending last month.
Volkswagen says it was notified that an unauthorized third party had obtained the data in March. But it wasn’t until May that it was able to identify the source of the data.
Unfortunately, some people, who may not even own a car, could be caught up in this mess!
Volkswagen says that “in a limited number of cases, an Audi or Volkswagen customer or interested buyer provided names and contact information for a relative or personal reference to an authorized dealer for purposes of seeking financing of some kind.”
When you give anyone, your information, you are taking a risk. Always ask why they need it. What they are doing to protect it. And, how long they will keep it. It is up to each one of us to protect our information as best as possible. That is not always so simple when it is out of your hands.
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