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Report: GPS not as private as you think

WASHINGTON, D.C. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) -The GPS location information in your car and on your smart phone may not be as private as you think.

That's according to the findings of a new federal report.

The report looked at six major automakers, including GM and Honda, and four technology groups like Garmin and Google Maps.

It found that all ten took some recommended privacy measures, but they still may be doing some things the general public doesn't know about.

For example, consumers can't even make a request that their location history associated with a particular car be permanently deleted.

The report also claims the companies' privacy policies are sometimes unclear, making it tough for people to even understand the potential risks.

There's currently no federal law that regulates GPS privacy, meaning it's not illegal for private companies to collect, use or sell your personal information.

We should mention there have been many proposals in congress to protect the privacy of GPS data.

However none of those have been signed into law.