Turning Cars into Giant Smartphones a Problem for Privacy

Immense amount of data on car and driver will be collected and generated by "web-ready" cars


Cars will soon be so linked into wireless networks they will be like giant rolling smartphones — with calling systems, streaming video, cameras and apps ­capable of harnessing the unprecedented trove of data vehicles will produce about themselves and the humans who drive them.

The battle over who can access all this data is an awkward undercurrent amid recent announcements by car manufacturers touting their new, Internet-capable vehicle systems.