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Insecure Wheels: Police Turn to Car Data to Destroy Suspects' Alibis

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In-car computers watch how drivers act.

Law enforcement agencies are finding a treasure trove of evidence in vehicles that they can use to solve crimes.

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Law enforcement agencies increasingly are using data stored in an automobile's onboard computers to solve crimes.

Digital vehicle forensics can utilize data generated and stored by onboard computers to reconstruct where a vehicle has been and the behavior of its passengers.

Law enforcement agencies generally focus on the vehicle's telematics and infotainment systems, which can reveal such things as the vehicle’s location and speed, the opening and closing of doors, voice commands, Web histories, call logs, text messages, which devices were connected to the vehicle, and more.

Privacy activists are concerned about the lack of security built into onboard computers, as well as the dearth of federal laws to regulate what data can be collected by automakers and what can be done with it.

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