Tesla stores Chinese user data locally
Tesla stores Chinese user data locally

Tesla is one of the few tech heavyweights in the US that generates massive revenue from China and is developing a plan to host Chinese user data in the country.

For foreign tech companies doing business in China, handling user data in China has become a delicate problem.

Over the years, Apple's decision to store Chinese customer data on servers run by the state-owned Chinese cloud service has sparked controversy in the West.

A recent New York Times research found that with this setup, Beijing could easily access data from Apple users in China. However, Apple said the security of its customers or their data was never compromised.

The electric vehicle maker said: It has set up a data center in China to locate the data storage location.

The company announced through Weibo Weibo that it plans to add more data facilities in the future.

All data generated by Tesla cars sold in China is stored domestically.

Tesla meets new requirements from the Chinese government to regulate the way in which automakers supporting cameras and sensors collect and use data.

One of the requirements is that personal or important data must be stored in China.

It is unclear how many Chinese authorities have access to the data of Tesla's Chinese customers. Take, for example, Apple, the maker of the iPhone: it controls the switch to protect the data of its Chinese users.
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Tesla recently received negative attention from the Chinese media and the general public.

It did so after a customer protested the automaker's defective parts at the Shanghai Auto Show.

Tesla is also facing competition from local competitors who have invested heavily in world-class design and independent technology.

Apparently, the American company is hoping to meet the government's requirements in its second market.

A few days ago, the company attended an industry seminar with Baidu, Alibaba and research institutes to discuss the new vehicle policy proposed by the country's cybersecurity regulator.

According to the regulations of China Internet Regulator, the main data generated by the vehicle includes the following:

  •     Traffic conditions in the military and government complex.
  •     Data exploration and mapping beyond government disclosure.
  •     Charging system status.
  •     Face, voice and dashboard information.
  •     Data that harm national security or the public interest.

The rule also tells auto service providers not to track users by default. In addition, users will be informed of the type of data collected and the reason for this.

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