The logo of German carmaker Volkswagen is seen on the wall of a showroom of a Volkswagen car dealer in Brussels, Belgium July 9, 2020. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir/File Photo
Volkswagen AG's (VOWG_p.DE) U.S. unit said a data breach at a vendor impacted more than 3.3 million customers and prospective buyers in North America.
Volkswagen Group of America said on Friday an unauthorized third party obtained limited personal information about customers and interested buyers from a vendor that its Audi Volkswagen brands and some U.S. and Canadian dealers used for digital sales and marketing.
The information was gathered for sales and marketing between 2014 and 2019 and was in an electronic file the vendor left unsecured.
The company told regulators the vast majority of customers only had phone numbers and email addresses potentially impacted by the data breach. In some cases, data also includes information about a vehicle purchased, leased, or inquired about.
VW said 90,000 Audi customers and prospective buyers had sensitive data impacted relating to purchase or lease eligibility. VW said it will offer free credit protection services to those individuals.