The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on Thursday released its first report on a new type of device known as a “vehicle identification tag” injected tracking devices.
The device, also known as “vehicelink,” allows drivers to track and identify a car, truck, motorcycle or other vehicle.
The device is also used to prevent drivers from being tracked while driving.
The FTC said it would not be using the devices for commercial purposes.
The devices are sold to consumers in a variety of forms.
The most common are for sale in retail stores, auto-parts stores and online.
The devices are not tracked when they are removed from the vehicle and are not visible to other drivers, the FTC said.
This device uses an electro-mechanical tag on the side of the vehicle that is visible only to a driver.
A person who is driving a vehicle and is wearing the vehicle identification tag is considered “in the vehicle.”
A person is not allowed to drive a vehicle without the vehicle ID tag on.
The FTC said the devices have several features that make them attractive to thieves.
The tags are sold for $15 to $20 on a shelf.
“The devices can be used to obtain personal information about a vehicle, including license plate numbers, registration numbers, odometer readings and other vehicle identification numbers, such as the manufacturer’s number, serial number, model number, and color of the exterior paint,” the FTC report said.
A person cannot steal a vehicle from a person who has a valid license plate number on it.
If a vehicle is stolen, the owner is unable to stop the vehicle.
However, the driver is still able to use the vehicle, the report said, adding that the owner has no way to prevent the theft of the car.
“The device may be useful to the thief if the vehicle owner has a history of theft or if the thief knows a vehicle owner’s address,” the report says.
The FCC also said it is investigating how the devices work and how to ensure that they are not used for unauthorized purposes.
For example, the device has no built-in data encryption.
The FCC also noted that the device can also be used for malicious purposes.
“It may be possible that a thief can access the vehicle’s data using an embedded device in the vehicle,” the FCC said.
The commission said it has no immediate plans to ban the devices.
However a ban could be difficult to enforce, because the FTC does not have authority to do so.
The agency has been investigating whether the devices are being used for unlawful activities.
In a statement, the FCC stressed that it has received complaints about the devices and the FTC has been reviewing the data they are collecting.
“We have taken significant action to protect the privacy of Americans and are committed to ensuring that these data-collecting devices are used for legitimate purposes, not to collect and share personally identifiable information,” the agency said.