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News Chinese Government Restricts Tesla Use for Security Reasons: Report

Chinese Government Restricts Tesla Use for Security Reasons: Report

Sensor data problematic for security

  • Constantly recording vehicle could cause national security leaks

  • Government asks for limited use of Tesla models in sensitive areas


A new report says that use of Tesla vehicles is being restricted in China, with government fears over possible security leaks from the vehicle’s sensors to blame and seeing some agencies asking employees to not drive their vehicles in certain places.

The Chinese government is restricting the use of Tesla models by personnel at military sites and sensitive state-owned businesses, the Wall Street Journal reports.

It comes following a security review of the automaker’s vehicles, says the report, which found that sensors in the cars were capable of recording images of the areas around them as well as recording how and when vehicles were used, personal information about the drivers, and even phone contact lists and other synced information.

According to the report, the government considers that a potential source of national security leaks, with the data sent back to the U.S. It means that employees of certain agencies have been asked not to drive their Tesla to work or in certain sensitive housing compounds.

This comes just days after Tesla CEO Elon Musk said via Twitter that the automaker was using the driver-facing camera to record drivers and monitor them. Musk had previously and repeatedly said the internal cameras were not enabled. Teslas use a wide range of external cameras that are used for functions ranging from blind spot and collision

 

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