Thursday, April 25

General Motors stops sharing driving behavior with data brokers

General Motors said Friday it has stopped sharing details about how people drive their cars with two data brokers that create risk profiles for the insurance industry.

The move follows a New York Times report this month that GM has been sharing data on drivers’ mileage, braking, acceleration and speed with the insurance industry for years. The drivers were enrolled — some without knowing it, they said — in the OnStar Smart Driver program, a feature of GM’s Internet-connected cars that collected data on how the car had been driven and promised feedback and badges digital for good driving.

Some drivers said their insurance rates increased thanks to the captured data, which GM shared with two brokers, LexisNexis Risk Solutions and Verisk. The companies then sold the data to insurance companies.

As of Wednesday, “OnStar Smart Driver customer data is no longer shared with LexisNexis or Verisk,” GM representative Malorie Lucich said in an emailed statement. “Customer trust is a priority for us and we are actively evaluating our privacy processes and policies. »

Romeo Chicco, a Florida man whose insurance premiums nearly doubled after his Cadillac collected his driving data, filed a lawsuit this month seeking class-action status against GM, OnStar and LexisNexis.

An internal document, reviewed by The Times, showed that by 2022 more than eight million vehicles would be included in Smart Driver. An employee familiar with the program said the company’s annual revenue from Smart Driver is in the low millions of dollars.