Tesla’s electric cars are equipped with cameras. It’s not a secret. But these may violate German data protection.
When it comes to electromobility, Elon Musk’s group is and will remain the measure of all things. Tesla also wants to finally get started in Germany from 2021 and in the so-called Gigafactory in Grünheide produce over half a million electric cars a year. Nothing should stand in the way of this project.
If it weren’t for a small but not entirely unimportant detail that has now called data protection officers on the scene. It’s about the cameras that are built into the Tesla models. These are integrated to assist the driver. They recognize obstacles, measure distances and provide support when parking.
Cameras can be deactivated
A Analysis of the ARD magazine “Kontraste” has shown, however, that the cameras also systematically record the interior and the surroundings, in a razor-sharp manner. Tesla had already published new terms and conditions in 2017which allow the company to get pictures from the cars. At the time, customers were asked to agree to a new data-sharing policy so that Tesla could record video clips. The camera system can be partially deactivated manually by the driver, but he no longer has any control over what kind of personal data is ultimately saved and ends up on Tesla’s US servers.
Among other things, license plates, people and faces are filmed. This is inadmissible, said the data protection officer of the state of Baden-Württemberg, Stefan Brink, of the ARD: “If a vehicle drives in the public traffic area and constantly records all the others, this is a clear data protection violation. That must not be. Such cameras may only be used in individual cases for a specific event. But permanent filming using vehicles is prohibited. “
According to Tesla, the data collected will only be used to further improve the autonomous driving systems.
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