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Connecting your smartphone to your car could make personal information vulnerable

CHICAGO (WLS) — Many modern cars either synch of “clone” your smartphone to a screen in the vehicle which helps keep you safer on the road. But there is a consumer warning about your personal information being left behind.

You wouldn’t unlock your phone and give it to a stranger, so the same rule should apply when you turn in a rental or trade in your vehicle, with your phone still connected.

A Glenview man’s car display was synched to his phone. He turned his luxury car in at the end of the lease, leaving behind his phone’s information: his home address, work address and other places he visited.

“When people connect their phone to the car, what they’re not realizing, probably, is they’re creating a mini clone of their phone inside the vehicle,” said Andrea Amico, who runs Privacy 4 Cars. “And so, what’s really happening is that if

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