Electric Cars Transfer Location Data to the Chinese Government in Real Time
Electric cars from Tesla, Volkswagen, BMW, Daimler (Mercedes-Benz), Ford, General Motors, Nissan and Mitsubishi in China send real-time location data to the government.
In total, more than two hundred automakers send the data points to government centres, reports the Associated Press (AP) news agency on Thursday. In many cases, car owners are not aware of this.
According to the Chinese government, the data are required to examine the traffic and thus promote safety, design the plans for infrastructure and track down subsidy fraudsters.
Critics are worried about the owners of electric cars and say that the collected data are much more comprehensive than the intended Chinese targets. China has nearly little privacy protection. The country also works in a system whereby movements of citizens are continuously recorded and estimated.
To link the data about a car to the car owner, the Chinese data centre has to contact the car company. Chinese police and inquiry services can connect the data to car owners without this step.