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GREENVILLE, S.C. -

Who's in the driver's seat?

When it comes to collecting data, the answer is not you.

AAA warns you may not even realize how much information new cars can collect and even share about your driving habits, from where you're going to how fast you're driving to get there.

Rene Pressley says she drives about 1000 miles a week for her job in financing. It's a good thing, for her, since she loves cars.

"It is my space where I can relax and enjoy my day, it sets my day really," she said.

A recent test drive got her thinking about an upgrade.

"It was like being in a luxury liner. It had built in GPS, it had emergency contact software in it as well," said Pressley.

It's those very bells and whistles that many drivers don't realize are gathering data.

"They're collecting your everyday routes of course, how you commute to and from work to your children's daycare, what time soccer practice is on what day. And with the features like the remote door unlock and the remote access to vehicles, that could be something that's a real safety concern for consumers.

Tiffany McDonald with AAA in Greenville also points out, telematics which records speed and breaking, could have an impact on your bottom line.

"Insurance companies now are able to monitor your driving habits and that can affect your premium," she said.

That's why AAA is a driving force behind the push to get manufacturers to be more transparent about what data it collects and who gets it.

If you think data collection on cars isn't already happening, think again. Last year Congress ordered an audit of the top navigation and telematic systems and found that nearly all of them shared data with a third party.

It's new information Pressley finds disturbing.

"I think that a person should be able to opt out, to give their options as to what amount of information should be shared," she said.

But as much as she's on the road, that won't stop her from buying new wheels down the road.

You can get behind the push for transparency by contacting your local representative. AAA is calling it's campaign "Consumer Rights for Car Data."

That includes the following:

- disclosure of exactly what data is collected and how it's used.

- give consumer the right to decide how data is shared.

- don't force consumer to give up control of data in order to buy the car.

- and an expectation that the data will be secured against misuse.

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