Mercedes-Benz’s U.S. subsidiary said Thursday, June 24, that the confidential information of nearly 1,000 customers and interested buyers was inadvertently published on a cloud storage platform.
The company clarified that Mercedes-Benz’s systems had not been hacked, nor were user data files maliciously used.
The inadvertently submitted personal data included credit scores provided by users themselves, driver’s license and Social Security numbers, and credit card information that customers and interested customers entered on dealer websites in the United States between January 2014 and June 2017.
Mercedes-Benz also said that anyone whose credit card information, driver’s license number or Social Security number was inadvertently published will be offered a free two-year subscription to its credit monitoring service.
Earlier Thursday, the Dutch consumer association Consumentenbond and the Take Back Your Privacy Foundation demanded that video platform TikTok pay €1.5 billion for illegally collecting and selling data from underage users. The publication claims that the data obtained about users-children, gave the company an opportunity to sell ads targeting young audiences. In addition, the information was sent overseas without any guarantee of privacy or secure storage.