Nissan Leaf could have shared private data

Nissan’s new electric car could have been unintentionally broadcasting private data,a US blogger has claimed. The Nissan Leaf is the first car to have a smartphone-style chip that lets peoplelook […]

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By Vicky Ellis

Nissan’s new electric car could have been unintentionally broadcasting private data,a US blogger has claimed.

The Nissan Leaf is the first car to have a smartphone-style chip that lets peoplelook up their nearest electric charging points. Thiscould have sent information via an RSS feed to websites it used with theCarwings application.

Casey Halverson wrote on his blog: “All of these lovely values are being provided to any third party RSS provider you configure: CNN, Fox News, Weather Channel, it doesn’t matter!”

A spokesperson for Nissan told ELN there was a very “slight possibility” that the RSS feed could have been used this way, but said they had now cut off the loop that would have allowed this so there will not be a problem in future.