Fiat Chrysler locks down on DealerCONNECT security after car theft

Following the theft of more than a 100 vehicles, Fiat Chrysler attempts to lock down on security.
Following the theft of more than a 100 vehicles, Fiat Chrysler attempts to lock down on security.

Fiat Chrysler Association (FCA) on Aug. 25 updated its DealerCONNECT terms of use to threaten civil or criminal action to anyone who provides unauthorized third parties access to "key codes, radio codes and other anti-theft or security measures."

DealerCONNECT is a restricted-access Internet website tool which provides a virtual portal to certain external web sites and to other data and applications on the FCA internal network, according to the product's privacy statement.

"The Company may terminate access privileges, take disciplinary action up to and including discharge, and institute civil or criminal proceedings for violations of the Company's policies, process guidelines or behavior guidance," the terms now read.

FCA updated its terms just weeks after two men were arrested in connection to more than 100 Jeep and Ram vehicles that were allegedly stolen using little more than a laptop and an OBD-II connection.

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