Tesla Responds to China Spying Claims With a Shanghai Data Center

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Tesla is responding to the spying concerns it faces in China with a new data center located in Shanghai.

Elon Musk’s company has been facing mounting pressure in China after the company was accused of spying using the multiple cameras contained in each of its electric vehicles. Tesla’s vehicles are currently banned from entering military complexes or housing compounds in China, which led to the company having to point out its car cameras only work in the US. However, that clearly wasn’t enough to stem suspicion, and as the South China Morning Post reports, more drastic action is now being taken.

Posting on Weibo, Tesla said, “We have set up a data center in China to locally store data – collected by Tesla vehicles sold in mainland China – and we will add more. All data generated from cars sold in mainland China will be stored within China.”

By ensuring that all data remains in China where the Chinese government can ensure it remains private and won’t be available for spying purposes, Tesla is surely hoping to put an end to the claims. That will only happen if military locations become accessible to the company’s vehicles again, though. And even if the spying accusations disappear, Tesla faces another problem thanks to a “The Brakes Don’t Work” video that went viral last month claiming the Model 3 brakes malfunction, calling into question the safety and quality of the company’s vehicles.


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