A data breach at a Volkswagen supplier has left the data of 3.3 million customers on the street,




These are customers in the United States and Canada.

Volkswagen says a supplier kept customer data unsecured on the internet for two years between 2014 and 2019.

This happened in the period from August 2019 to May 2021. This mainly concerns information that was used for sales and marketing and includes names, addresses and telephone numbers.

More sensitive data, such as vehicle registration documents, dates of birth and social security numbers, have been accessible to more than 90,000 people in the United States.

It is not clear from the reports from Volkswagen whether the data was actually stolen by third parties.

"We regret any inconvenience this may have caused to our customers," Volkswagen said in a statement.

"As always, we encourage people to stay alert for suspicious emails asking them to provide information about themselves or their vehicle."