Be discreet when you delete your fleet
Thinking about replacing a company car or truck? Unless you take some security steps before selling the vehicle, you could be leaving behind a water bottle or two, some change under the seat – and a massive amount of corporate and personal data. To be on the safer side, here are steps to take before turning in your old company car:
- Clear the stored data. Some vehicles have a factory reset option that will return the settings to their original state.
- Clear any connections between your old car and your devices – for example, apps that let you locate the car in a parking lot or control vehicle functions remotely.
- Cancel or transfer subscription services like satellite radio or wi-fi hotspots.
Of course, the process varies by make and model. So take one last nostalgic read through the owner’s manual for details. Still have questions? Contact the dealer or visit the manufacturer’s website. This information is from Lesley Fair’s FTC blog available at https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/blogs/business-blog/2018/08/be-discreet-when-you-delete-your-fleet?utm_source=govdelivery