According to CNN, the Chinese authorities were concerned about the possibility of espionage in the case of storing this data abroad.
The American company Tesla has opened a data storage and processing center in Shanghai for cars purchased by Chinese customers. As CNN explained on Wednesday, the Chinese authorities were concerned about the possibility of espionage in the case of storing this data abroad.
In March, the Reuters news agency, citing sources, reported that the Chinese military does not allow entry into the territory of their facilities on American electric cars because of the cameras installed on them. At the same time, The Wall Street Journal also reported, citing sources, that the country’s authorities had banned military personnel and employees of key state corporations from using cars of this brand for security reasons.
According to the newspaper, the cameras on the cars can shoot continuously; the electric car can get access to the owner’s contacts after syncing with the phone. Beijing was concerned that the information collected in this way about the user and his movements could be sent to the United States, the newspaper’s sources explained.
In response to reports from Reuters and The Wall Street Journal, representatives of the American company assured that they will store all information about their Chinese customers and their cars in China itself. The campaign to convince the public involved the head of Tesla Elon Musk.
“We are extremely interested in maintaining the confidentiality of any information. If Tesla used its electric cars to spy in China or anywhere else, we would be shut down,” Musk said at a Chinese business forum.
Since 2017, China has adopted a law in the field of cybersecurity, according to which all information about users of digital devices must be stored on the territory of the country. But its effect did not apply to automakers, Fortune magazine notes. In this regard, in April of this year, a special bill was prepared in China.
China is the largest automotive market in the world. Elon Musk earlier in an interview with a Chinese TV channel expressed the hope that China will become the largest market for the products of his corporation.
Shanghai is home to the only Tesla electric vehicle assembly facility outside the United States. The agreement on its construction was signed in 2018; the first stage of the enterprise was built by the end of 2019. The total investment in this project will amount to about $7.6 billion. This year, Tesla plans to increase the production of electric vehicles at this enterprise by about 80%, to 450 thousand units.