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Tesla said it supports the China Cyberspace Administration's draft automotive data regulation, released on May 12.
The manufacturer has commented on the Chinese Cyberspace Administration's draft automotive data regulation through its Weibo and expressed support for the standardization of China’s auto industry. The draft regulation states that automakers must seek customer approval for collecting driving data. In addition, they must obtain permission from regulatory authorities in cases where they need to provide important and private data to foreign organizations.
Foreign companies in China must comply with regulations if they want to access Chinese consumers. While user privacy is important, data is also critical to driver safety and national security. “It’s crucial to ensure appropriate local storage for vehicle data, as this will further drive ecosystem collaboration between international manufacturers and local partners,” said Charlie Dai, principal analyst at Forrester.
More and more car manufacturers are equipping their cars with cameras and sensors to capture the surrounding area. This is necessary for the use of automatic driving systems, for recording incidents, and for a number of other important reasons. That is why, controlling the use, sending, and storage of this data is an important process for the industry and regulators around the world.
In late April, Tesla China announced that it will build a data center in Shanghai by the end of June to process data collected from its electric vehicles. Grace Tao, Tesla's China head of communications and government affairs has also confirmed that all data collected from Tesla's electric vehicles in China to date is stored in the country.
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